Anyone who has shared a Bourbon tasting or two with Michael and me has heard him say “We drink my bourbon, and Renae keeps hers” and sometimes that is true! However, what most people don’t know is that my well stocked bourbon cabinet is a creation of my own over the last decade – and it is definitely meant for consumption. The secondary collection of bourbon cabinet ’empties’ is proof of that fact, but more on that another day.

As a long-time Bourbon enthusiast, I seem to recall that it used to be that very few bourbons topped the $100 mark. Moreover, if they did, they were typically extra-aged and worth it for a special occasion. They could be consumed and appreciated when looking for something a little different. In recent months there seems to be a never ending supply of newly bottled, not extra-aged, yet higher priced Bourbons that simply do not live up to their top-shelf pricing.

That said, in my possession is a bottle of the 2016 just released Michter’s 10 Year Single Barrel Bourbon. It is definitely worth the suggested retail of $120 a bottle. The fact that Master Distiller Willie Pratt is sticking to his Dr. No reputation of refusing to release a product until he judges it at its best flavor profile is something serious bourbon sippers everywhere should appreciate.

Twice this week I savored a small pour after dinner, before my evening walk, and enjoyed it immensely. The nose is a very subtle honey and tart cherry, with a floral whisper. The taste is a caramel-vanilla, definitely laced with oak and pipe tobacco. The mouth feel is very smooth and mellow. Bourbons with a long finish are best in my book, and this one grows into a lingering warm coca spice and caramel. Definitely will need a second bottle of this Michter’s 10 Year Single Barrel Bourbon for it to last longer in the bourbon cabinet than their recent 10 Year Single Barrel Rye did.

If you are looking for an extra-aged bottle of bourbon that is smooth, mellow and worth-the-price, this is one to add to your own bourbon cabinet!

P.S. Today is April 1, 2016, and this is NOT and April Fool’s Joke! LOL!

Michter’s 10 Year Single Barrel Bourbon, 94.4 Proof, Barrel No. 16B225

Photos Courtesy of Renae D. Price