Michter’s 10 Year Old Single Barrel Bourbon

Happy Whiskey Wednesday everyone! This is a treat. It is also a bucket list item for me. Not to taste, I have tasted a few different Michter’s 10 Year Old Single Barrels. I would like to one day get an opportunity to select one. Probably will never happen, but we can always wish.

We get asked for this bottle a lot, mostly by hunters (bourbon hunters) because it’s an easy bottle to flip. We keep what we do get for things like this, or for our allocation list. It’s a tough get, as we only get three bottles every six months. So, consider this a treat to taste something a lot of people want, can’t get, and if they do get it, they never taste it! And it’s really good.

A couple of unique aspects of Michter’s production. They fill their barrels at low proof, 103. Which is not normal. They use chill filtering at bottling with various methods unique to each expression. They also heat cycle their warehouses, so the barrels never see freezing temperatures. They hand select the barrels that are used, which have all been toasted before charring. This increases the amount of natural wood sugars that make their way into the whiskey.

  • Preparation: None. At this proof (93.4), it’s a smooth sipper neat.
  • Glass: Glencairn
  • Cocktail Potential: Nope. Nope. Nope.
  • Available: Allocated, so no. But we usually have a bottle open in the bar.

Tom’s Tasting Note: I became enamored with Michter’s the same way everybody else did… watching Billion’s. I mean, we always sold it, but it never really moved the needle until the rich folk were guzzling it by the gallon on the show. That being said, this 10 year old single barrel expression is delicious. Big, bold, dark toffee, caramel, vanilla and maple are the primary characteristics. Not a lot of heat, which I usually enjoy, but it works here for a smooth, complex sipper. Enjoy!