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The absence final fall of George T. Stagg, a perennial favourite within the annual Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, left the world’s bourbon-obsessed with one much less unicorn to chase. In March of this 12 months, Michter’s added to the misfortune with its announcement that the distillery can be holding again its beloved 10-year-old bourbon till 2023 to make sure optimum high quality. As if to supply their followers a little bit of comfort, Michter’s concurrently launched the 2022 batch of their US-1 barrel power rye. As a reminder this can be a single barrel product, so some variation is to be anticipated throughout barrels. The common proof among the many March 2022 releases clocked in at 111.6 (spot on for our pattern). Ideas comply with.
The nostril exhibits a traditional, excessive proof Kentucky model rye profile with a light, wood-driven sweetness that’s interwoven with notes of peppercorn and clove. A smoky factor beneath all of it hints at a little bit of barbecue and grows extra pronounced with time within the glass however by no means fairly overtakes the rye spice and barrel notes. On the palate, issues are well-spiced however not overheated. Char-driven notes of darkish chocolate and toasted rye bread are balanced by a silky, torched sugar factor, light, grassy dill notes, some darkish cherry, and over-steeped black tea. Whereas the sweetness is pretty constant, the extra savory components construct with average depth into an pleasant end that sees each sides come into stability with burly, barely drying wooden notes, cinnamon sugar, and luxurious caramel. Maybe not as valuable because the 10-year-old bourbon, however for followers of Michter’s rye, a strong launch definitely worth the hunt.
111.6 proof. Reviewed: Barrel #22B319.
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