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.