Michter’s 10 Bourbon: Good but not Great.

Michter’s has evoked substantial intriguing disagreement online in the blogosphere, including a lot of negative press. I will continue to rate whiskey based purely what’s in the bottle and nothing else. To date, everything I have tried from Michter’s has been quite enjoyable; even their low end stuff is decent. Once you hit wax capsule level, that’s where the high end products begin: the 10yr bourbon wax capsule is the entry level. This review is based on Barrel #15J833.

The 10yr bourbon bottle has a beautiful feminine curves on it with a black wax capsule. I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for a wax capsule. The dark amber color looks great in the bottle.

The nose is sweet with cloves, ginger snaps, cedar bark, stewed butternut squash with brown sugar, pencil eraser and white pepper. It’s not hot at all, but then again it’s only bottled at 94.4 proof.

The palate is smooth but at the same time lacks some of the complexity I would hope to see. Perhaps it’s from the “signature filtration” that removes the oils and tannins I yearned to find, which tends to be present with the barrel proof bourbons. It’s smooth and easy to drink, but it’s a little shallow and missed the finish I expected for a bourbon for which I paid $160.

The 2015 Michter’s 10 Bourbon is enjoyable but it’s a shame it wasn’t bottled at cask strength–if it was, we might have been looking at a truly amazing bourbon. If you like the lower proof, really smooth bourbon, you might think my rating is a little low… but that’s ok, because you didn’t write the review.  92/100.

 

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