Michter’s has released their 2021 expression of their ten-year-old Bourbon. Michter’s started releasing a ten-year-old Bourbon not long after Chatham Imports acquired the brand in the 1990s. It was not an annual release at first, but as the brand grew, and they started contract distilling for their product, it became more frequent. It is now a yearly release.
This Bourbon is still some of their contract distilled product, as they have not been distilling at their Shively distillery for ten years yet, but it was made to their specifications such as a 103 barrel entry proof and aged in heated warehouses. In fact, the rumor is that this Bourbon may be as old as fourteen or fifteen years old. This is because Michter’s bottles more by taste than age.
Andrea Wilson, the Master of Maturation at Michter’s, and her team of tasters, find barrels in their inventory that meet the flavor profile and have them bottled as a single barrel product. You can always depend upon the Michter’s ten-year-old Bourbon to have a very good flavor profile, but it will vary from year to year and even from barrel to barrel, as there are no two barrels that age exactly alike. That is why it may take more than ten years to reach their high standards.
Matt and I always look forward to tasting the new releases from Michter’s. Matt has always been a huge fan of the ten-year-old rye, as well as the Bourbon. We enjoyed this tasting quite a bit.
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