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Michter’s 10 Year Single Barrel Bourbon Review – 2020 Release

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The Michter’s 2020 release of 10 year old Bourbon is rich and delicious and a great sipping whiskey. It changes nicely in the glass and makes you want to spend more time with itAndrea Wilson, Michter’s Master of Maturation
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Michter's 10 Year Single Barrel Bourbon - 2020 Release

  • DISTILLER: Bottled by Michter's Distillery. Whiskey is contract distilled per Michter's mash bill and instructions, while Michter's is distilling their own whiskey for future release.
  • MASH BILL: Undisclosed
  • Cooperage: Fire charred, new American white oak barrels
  • AGE: 10 years
  • YEAR: 2020
  • PROOF: 94.4 Proof (47.2% ABV)
  • MSRP: $130.00
  • BUY ONLINE: Wine-Searcher.com

NOSE: Hot Cocoa | Orange-Chocolate | Caramel Apple

TASTE: Warm Chocolate | Dark Caramel | Nougat | Maple Syrup

FINISH: Warm and lengthy and minimally dry. Makes you want to sip more.

SHARE WITH: Everyone you know who loves good bourbon and is worth sharing expensive whiskey with.

WORTH THE PRICE: Sure. It’s a splurge for most, but it’s delightful.

BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST:Bottle. But buy it and shelve it behind lesser bottles to keep from visitors who don’t bring good stuff—or any whiskey at all. Only whiskey friends deserve this.

OVERALL: Michter’s has treated me to the past several releases of this 10-year bourbon, and all were good, well-mannered and delicious. Crucial to my preferences, each also paired amazingly well with food. But the 2020 release is something truly special, my favorite of the lot so far. Warm chocolate gives way to supple oak blending with corn sweetness and softness. Yet this is more robust than in releases past and reminds me of a straight-from-the-barrel glass fill I had at Michter’s Distillery two years ago with a press group. The mouthfeel is amazing: an adult candy bar in a glass; fully creamy and mouth coating. This is supremely delicious liquid deserving quiet contemplation or sharing with deserving whiskey buddies.

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NOSE: Buttered Toffee  |  Cedar  |  Orange Spice

TASTE: Sweet Charred Oak  |  Caramel  |  Mint

FINISH: Medium and well balanced. The wood sweetness fades away (almost) leaving a light and unexpected mix of vanilla and mint.

SHARE WITH: This is a bourbon for those that know whiskey and love a good challenge when trying something new and limited.

WORTH THE PRICE: For those that prefer a sweet oak profile this is worth the price.

BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: See above. If you like a sweet oak profile you’ll want to grab a bottle. All others should stick to trying it at a friend’s house or bar if they’re open in your area.

OVERALL: I’ve had several of the past few year’s release of Michter’s 10 Year Bourbon and I’ve really enjoyed them. This year’s release has a delightful nose but it didn’t wow me on the palate like it has in years past.

It has a very sweet charred oak note that simply doesn’t align with what I look for in a bourbon. I don’t remember it being so prevalent in previous releases so either it’s something new this year or my palate is shifting – which it tends to do every few years.

It remains a well made and balanced whiskey but the sweet charred oak flavors and the presence of a totally unexpected minty note means it’s not something that I would buy another bottle of this year. I’ll hold out for next year’s release hoping that it will return to what I remember loving about it in years gone by.

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Steve Coomes

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Steve Coomes is a Louisville restaurant industry veteran turned award-winning food writer. In his 27-year career, he has edited and written for dozens of national trade and consumer publications including Pizza Today, Nation's Restaurant News and Southern Living. As a spirits writer, Steve's byline can be found in Whisky magazine, Bourbon Review, WhiskeyWash.com and other publications. In 2014, he authored the book, "Country Ham: A Southern Tradition of Hogs, Salt & Smoke," and has authored other titles as a private ghostwriter.

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