Michters 10 Year

Intro: From Michters Website: Mature in age and truly exceptional in quality, Michter’s 10 Year Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon has earned its place as an enduring favorite of the most discerning whiskey connoisseurs. The “Best American Whiskey” according to Food & Wine magazine, our 10 Year Single Barrel Bourbon represents the culmination of over a decade of patient aging in specially chosen, new charred American white oak barrels.

Review: The nose…light vanilla and honey, with some astringent oak, nothing offensive. It’s heavier in aroma than other 10 year bourbons, might be a deeper char on the barrel.

Alright…first sip to burn out the pain receptors…always remember not to judge based on that first sip…mmm though that is good. Second sip…no burn anywhere….a little heat on the swallow…well balanced and nothing offensive…this one is hard to place in flavors, some chocolate, some vanilla, the finish a long and now it is turning sweet. I like the oakiness of the finish on this bourbon, it’s not woody, just oaky. Third sip…hold…HOLD…HOLD….NOW! Super Rye on that one, with a hint of banana flavor mixed in. Still not sure about this one. Forth sip…swish….rye again…no banana on that one…now a dry mouth. I bet this would be good with a piece of chocolate.

Is it worth the $?

Well shit, I don’t know. It’s not a $147 bottle. I would not buy another one, but I don’t want to dump on the fine people at Michters. For that money, I could buy 6 Eagle Rare bottles at the exchange on base. How is it as a 10 year bourbon? I’d rank most others above it, cept maybe the Henry McKenna 10 year. It’s smooth, and clean, not offensive but no where near the price of $147 worth. The gums are still numb… If you are a collector, snag one, but I wouldn’t pay more than retail.