The restricted releases simply saved on coming this yr from Michter’s. Scorching on the heels of the 10 Year Old Single Barrel Bourbon and the Barrel Strength Rye, cabinets had been stocked, nonetheless briefly, with the latest 10 12 months Outdated Single Barrel Rye and the eagerly anticipated return of US-1 Toasted Barrel End Bourbon. Michter’s followers will certainly lament the truth that this yr’s single barrel rye is a one-time solely launch as a result of a reported scarcity of accessible inventory. However now additionally they have one other bottle to hunt with the newest toasted barrel bourbon which is coming off a three-year hiatus, presumably as a result of comparable shortages (though there does look like a constant three-year lag on these). Michter’s simply can’t appear to make sufficient whiskey for its adoring followers. Let’s see how these extremely coveted bottles stack up.
Michter’s Single Barrel Straight Rye 10 Years Outdated 2021 – There’s much less of an natural high quality on the nostril than in earlier years, however the recent dill notes are nonetheless very a lot there, balanced towards a candy, freshly sawn wooden notice and a little bit of chilly apple pie, doughy with cinnamon sugar. There’s the acquainted wooden polish notice on the palate, together with dried herbs, cocoa powder, and a few heat toffee, all in high-quality steadiness with a delicate oiliness and hugging heat. These well-aged ryes from Michter’s can generally be a little bit of a stroll within the woods, however this yr’s launch is well-balanced on that entrance, with a lingering end of toasted sugar and funky wintergreen. 92.8 proof. Reviewed: Barrel #21F1617. A- / $225 [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY] [BUY IT NOW FROM FROOTBAT]
Michter’s US-1 Toasted Barrel End Bourbon 2021 – As a reminder, this bourbon is distinguished by its distinctive ending, which takes place in a customized barrel assembled from 18-month air dried wooden that’s toasted, not charred. The nostril is initially dry and earthy, however not practically as savory because the 2018 launch, with traces of clay and salty buttered popcorn that sweeten because the whiskey opens into extra aromatic oak, incense, and previous leather-based. The palate takes these latent aromas and runs with them, showcasing syrupy brown sugar, a little bit of Chai spice, and toasty pastry notes: apple turnover and oatmeal cookie. A simple warmth extends throughout the sip and fades right into a lingering end of seasoned oak and cinnamon stick. The perfect iteration of this one to this point. 101.4 proof. Reviewed: Barrel #21G2063. A- / $175 [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]