Michter’s 10-year-old bourbon is a whiskey release I look forward to each year. Like previous bottlings, the 2017 release is a single barrel bourbon. This is also a sort of celebratory bottling, timed to commemorate Master Distiller Emeritus Willie Pratt’s induction into Whisky Magazine’s Hall of Fame. It’s also current Master Distiller Pamela Heilmann’s first 10-year-old Bourbon release. She recently approved the very delicous 2017 bottling of Michter’s 10-year-old rye whiskey. So, how’s the whiskey?
The short answer is, well, quite good.
The nose is typical of what I know Michter’s 10-year to be – full of baking spices and wave after wave of caramel and brown sugar, along with hints of integrated corn and vanilla extract. There’s the occasional whiff of dusty oak. The palate is rich and buttery, with a blast of creamy vanilla and dark brown sugar. Cigar box and some herbs soon develop, as well as lightly steeped black tea on the back palate. This leads to the slightly dry and mildly spicy medium finish.
This all sounds good, and it is. Michter’s 10 is quite enjoyable. Comparing to the 2015 and 2016 bottlings, I find this one slightly lacking. The finish here is a bit drier than recent releases. Though I’d happily sip on this one, the 2017 Michter’s 10 year doesn’t quite hit the same heights and complexity of recent releases. 8.5/10
Thanks to Michter’s for the sample! As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.