Kentucky-based Michter’s Whiskey is gorgeous this yr with a late-season arrival of considered one of its most coveted uncommon releases: Michter’s 20 Yr Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Michter’s 20 Bourbon, as most name it, is without doubt one of the many Michter’s merchandise launched solely when the tasting workforce approves it. When it doesn’t meet requirements, they don’t bottle something.
This yr, it appears to have met these requirements. The bottles (of which there are only a few hundred) will arrive on cabinets in November. And by cabinets, after all, we imply arms—as few if any of those bottles will spend any time on sale earlier than they’re devoured up by collectors and shoppers. There’s excessive demand for Michter’s 20, and never simply because it doesn’t launch yearly.
It’s been two years for the reason that final Michter’s 20 launched. We don’t need to let you know how a lot the 2019 bottles are going for now.
“This whiskey actually showcases how considerate care and a focus all through the ageing life can result in a completely lovely expression,” says Grasp of Maturation Andrea Wilson, who’s overseen this assortment via so many nice batches we’ve misplaced rely.
Some whiskeys simply surpass all adjectives
Tasting notes had been surprisingly sparse for this launch. At 114 proof, it’s going to be oak ahead, no matter what anybody says. Bourbon hardly ever will get to this age in any respect, a lot much less with out taking up dominant barrel notes from the years of wooden contact. Wilson compares it to a decadent dessert, which evokes the silky, tannic richness of mouthfeel distinguished by the 2019 launch.
Whiskeys this age typically aren’t completed justice by tasting notes anyway. If you happen to’ve had an awesome one, that heavy richness, and that inky, earthy mixture of candy and spice.
Michter’s has all the time completed unbelievable work with these ultra-old sourced whiskeys. Our apologies to different a lot sought-after bourbons of 20-plus years, however that is the stuff to hunt out. Van Winkle could have by no means made a nasty bourbon, however Michter’s has by no means put out something lower than unbelievable at this age. Even at 10 Year age statements, Michter’s make unbelievable merchandise.
Earlier in 2021, the model additionally launched variations of its 10 Yr Bourbon and 10 Yr Rye, which marked one other spectacular yr for the tens. Michter’s even managed to push out the primary Toasted Barrel Bourbon launch since 2018 in the course of the summer time.
There’s a catch with a bourbon this nice
There’s little or no unhealthy we will say about this yr’s Michter’s releases, however like a tiresome in-law, we did handle to search out one thing: If this whiskey has one Achilles heel, it’s the value level—a spirit-drooping $750.
Michter’s doesn’t launch lots of these whiskeys. The bottle within the picture launched by the distillery notes a batch dimension of simply 582 bottles, which might border on a legitimate purpose for a riot—if not for the sobering worth.
We might wax poetic in regards to the days when individuals didn’t recognize whiskey this good. You could find bottles accumulating mud on cabinets, however we don’t actually bear in mind these days both. We might discuss in regards to the state of the trade, and the absurdity of there being a doubtlessly unlawful secondary market with steep resale costs.
However as a lot as we’d like to do some fist shaking, we’ll need to watch out with the glassware. This is filled with supreme 20-year-old whiskey we’re consuming, in any case. It is best to be a part of us.
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