This is a 10 year single barrel from around 2008 I believe from Michter’s annual 10 year bourbon/rye single barrel releases. It was bottled at 47.2% ABV.
Nose: Dark red cherries, very sweet and lofty nose (strikes me as being wheated potentially?), butterscotch, and caramelized oak.
Palate: Sweet grains seeming wheated here again with brown sugar, biscuits, spiced oak, and heaps of butter.
Finish: Caramel hard candies and mild oak with black pepper.
Rating: 93/100 – The best Michter’s 10 single barrel I’ve had to date – a quintessential bourbon.
Value for the money: These old Michter’s 10s have exploded in price the last couple years on secondary – this one is probably $800+ I would venture to guess. The recent 10s haven’t been nearly as good, but make an ok buy at around $89-$99.
This is the 2014 release of Michter’s 20 bourbon which is bottled at 57.1% ABV.
Nose: Sweet wheat, birthday cake, damp oak, vanilla, and a healthy dose of nutmeg.
Palate: Fairly hot with intense vanilla, cake, oak, cinnamon, and pepper.
Finish: Bitter and oaky – the sweeter notes from palate drop off fast.
Rating: 90/100 – Very nice nose and avoids being overoaked which is impressive in its own right.
Value for the money: The retail on these is around $400 and secondary is $800+ – an easy pass on both fronts.
This is a barrel strength expression from Michter’s that debuted around a year ago. They’ve had a straight rye available as part of their core lineup prior to this release, but I’m glad they finally released a barrel proof version. The ABV can vary on these, but the one I’m reviewing was bottled at 54.5% ABV.
Nose: Slightly muted overall – oak pulls ahead of rye grain as predominant note with an earthy feel to it. Slight tangerine adds a bit of brightness.
Palate: Earthy oak again up front but a bit sweeter than the nose. Rye is there, but not as strong as I expected. You can tell this is a fairly young rye.
Finish: Rye finally shines here as finish drags on for a bit.
Rating: 83/100 – Good, but rye is a bit too muted thorughout for me.
Value for the money: These retailed for around $75, but at that price, I’d just buy an E.H. Taylor Straight Rye instead.
This is a 25 year straight-rye from Michter’s bottled at 58.7%. It’s officially the oldest rye I’ve had and was excited to be able to try it at Delilah’s in Chicago.
Nose: Wow – what a stunning nose on this one. Raw dough with massive yeast notes with perfect oak complement. It’s like burying your face in a ball of damp, yeasty dough – the rye is surprisingly minmal. A bit of berries with cinnamon/nutmeg toward the end.
Palate: Sweeping rye notes take on a much earthier profile – less doughy overall, but still quite rich.
Finish: Bold rye with perfect level of oak and a bit of spice and yeast.
Rating: 95/100 – The best rye I’ve had – still think about this one from time to time.
Value for the money: These are going for close to $2,000 on the secondary (if not more). I paid $65 for an oz at Delilah’s, and I would gladly pay that again to try this.
This is a “limited” release Michter’s that debuted a little over a year ago. It was finished in new toasted oak barrels for just under 30 days after aging in a traditional oak barrel first. It’s NAS and bottled at 45.7%.
Nose: The toasted barrel presents a different oak profile – much more noticeable than I expected given the short finishing time. Presents not quite as a burnt note from the char, but instead as a subtle smoke/spice in addition to caramel, cereal, honey, cloves, and vanilla.
Palate: Quite harsh for the proof – perhaps from that fresh oak note. Mostly cereal again with vanilla, brown sugar, and anise.
Finish: Heat lingers on with anise and oak standing out as the sweeter notes fade.
Rating: 82/100 – an enjoyable pour and something different, but a little rough around the edges.
Value for the money: This was around $35 retail which I think is totally fair although I probably won’t be buying another at that price.