Michter’s makes a very good Bourbon. This bottle is the 2019 release of their 10 year old Bourbon. It was contract distilled for them and had a barrel entry proof of 103, one of the lowest barrel entry proofs in the industry. This really comes through in this Bourbon. There are barrel flavors other than oak tannins coming through in the Bourbon. The rich caramel and pipe tobacco flavors make this a full bodied Bourbon worth the expense of the bottle. They do filter the Bourbon, however, they take time to do the minimum filtration needed to insure that the extra flavors the have been achieved in aging remain in the whiskey. I like this whiskey.
Michter’s Single Barrel 10 yo Bourbon
Age: 10 Years Old
Nose: Caramel, Vanilla, fruit – berries, apples and a touch of citrus with some sweet baking spices, oak wood and a hint of dark, aromatic pipe tobacco.
Taste: Caramel apples with oak, baking spice and that hint of pipe tobacco. When tasted with a dried cranberry the apples and vanilla are enhanced but there is a reduction of the oak and spice. When tasted with a pecan the fruit is reduced but the baking spices are a bit more cinnamon and allspice with a little more vanilla and less caramel.
Finish: Long and dry with oak and spice. The cranberry adds a little more sweetness to the finish and the pecan adds a little of the pipe tobacco notes to the finish.
I am pairing this with one of the new Nat Sherman Timeless Limited Edition TAA cigar. This is a very flavorful cigar with vanilla, rich tobacco and sweet spice notes. The Bourbon brings out a hint of milk chocolate and increases the spiciness. The smoke brings out the citrus and cinnamon in the Bourbon. A very nice pairing.
Photos Courtesy of Rosemary Miller