Michter’s Toasted Barrel Finish Rye NEW RELEASE

The newest release from Michter’s, the Toasted Barrel Finish Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey. I’m seeing a lot of hype on twitter on this one in addition to very high secondary prices. I found this on the very bottom shelf (ironically) of a local store for $79.99, as I wasn’t going to chase it.

Nice golden color, the toasted finish really added a nice color.

When I first opened it the smell was pretty bad but after a few hours it opened up. Candy corn, toasted cinnamon raisin bread, bubble gum and walnuts on the nose.

For 108 proof it’s pretty easy to drink. The mouthfeel is good but not great. The taste is enjoyable. The finish is long and continues nice flavors with limited bitterness. This is a really nice rye.

Is this a whiskey worth chasing and paying 2x or more on the secondary market? Definitely not. If you find it at retail for $79.99 should you buy it? Yes. If you like ryes like I do it’s worth adding to your cabinet, but I would stock up on your bunker. For the price, Pikesville is still the best out there, and for the high end stuff, nothing has yet to be able to touch Handy. Solid juice from Michters, would have preferred to see it at 125 proof though. 92/100.

P.S. I have a couple extra, so if anyone is looking to trade, please DM me @newbourbondrink

 

 

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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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