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Michter’s American Whiskey

                                                             As readers of this blog know, we here at Talking Bourbon love us some Michter’s. Whether it is their Bourbon, Rye or Toasted barrel, we love them all. Somehow though, we have never tried their American Whiskey. Both of us are familiar with it and have seen it for sale but for some reason never pulled the trigger when it came to buying a bottle. Well that has changed.

Michter’s Small Batch Unblended American Whiskey comes in the standard Michter’s corked bottle. It is bottled at 83.4 proof, sells for around $40 and while fairly available, it is not sold everywhere. Try as we might, we could not find an age statement, clarification of the mash bill or just what this stuff exactly is. Their website states that it is aged in Bourbon soaked barrels, thus the reason it can’t be called Bourbon. But is that the only dis-qualifier?

Also, we couldn’t get a clear definition of the term Unblended. Since it is not a single barrel product, one would think it is a blend of barrels. Maybe someone reading this has a little insight. Hopefully these discrepancies won’t take from our enjoyment.

NOSE

Todd:   Very nice sweet aromas of caramel and a grain that reminded me of whole wheat products. Not quite as upfront are scents of dark chocolate, raspberries and toast.

Ron:   Lovely aromas of cake bread, brown sugar, caramel, honey, leather and toffee. Also pick up slight scents of cinnamon and oak and some sweet scent that I can’t quite pinpoint, maybe maple.

TASTE

Todd:    Very smooth neat with an oily texture on the tongue and a strong flavor of caramel upfront. Lots of lesser taste come behind, including cocoa, cedar, oak, and toffee. I taste the whole wheat that I got on the nose as well as the maple that Ron maybe got on the nose. Also pick up a slight hint of sherry. Very good!

Ron:    Sweet tastes of caramel, honey and maple dominate. I also get strong flavors of toast and vanilla. Lingering slightly behind is wood and leather. Definitely enjoyed.

FINISH

Todd:   Medium long with more sweetness and a slight bit of spice.

Ron:  Medium long sweet finish.

OVERALL

Todd:    This stuff is damn good! I don’t care what it is called or what they mean by unblended.

Ron:   This is not your typical Michter’s. It goes down almost like a dessert drink or aperitif, think Angel’s Envy Rye. Very good!

Nose       4.5 out of 5

Taste       9.25 out of 10

Finish       4 out of 5

Total score      17.75 out of 20 barrels

Well it seems Michter’s has another hit, at least with Talking Bourbon. From the great nose to the sweet but yet still complex taste, this has it all. Really the only thing that held back the score a little was the finish, and that was still 4 out of 5.

At under $40, Michter’s American Whiskey should be part of your collection. It will definitely always be part of ours.

Michter’s Toasted Barrel Finish

michters-toasted-barrel                                                                   We have a new guest taster, today we welcome our friend Richard. Both of us have known Richard a long time but he is just lately getting into Bourbon. He has been and still is a big fan of Gin.

We are tasting today with Richard, Michter’s Toasted Barrel Finish. We, (Ron and Todd) have been drinking this for a little more than a year when it became available in our market, and have really enjoyed it. This is Richard’s first taste. Since the bottle states that it is a limited release, we were not planning on reviewing it, thinking it would be hard to find or not be around long. But we have been able to consistently find the bottle in liquor stores that have a good Bourbon selections.

Toasted Barrel Finish comes in the same “Old School” corked bottle that all Michter’s comes in. Goes for around $45 and is bottled at 91.4 proof. When it was first released last year it sold for about $37 but its popularity has driven the price up. It is different than other Bourbons because after the regular aging in charred barrels, it is then finished aging in toasted barrels. We are not sure of it’s age.

NOSE

Richard:  I didn’t get a lot, a little woody type of smell. Later with a little ice I thought I could pick up a musty aroma along with smoke.

Todd:   I got the wood and mustiness  as well, but more in the back ground. Upfront it reminded me of sherry with a touch of cocoa and honey. Also a little fruit, a very pleasant nose.

Ron:  I didn’t get anything that you two picked up except for a little wood aroma. I detected the usual caramel and vanilla along with some tobacco notes as well as raisin and rye.

Todd: Raisin and rye, sounds like a bread.

Ron: Whatever Todd.

TASTE

Richard:   Again, like the nose, I didn’t get a lot on the tongue. Mainly just a sweet woody taste. Liked it better with some ice.

Todd:    I tasted most of what I smelled, sherry, wood, honey, mustiness, and cocoa. Also tasted some caramel and vanilla that Ron got on the nose. A little hot neat.

Ron:   I also tasted what I got on the nose including the raisin and tobacco. Add to that a spice and some kind of black fruit taste that I could not pinpoint.

FINISH

Richard:  Sweet medium-long finish.

Todd:   I agree, sweet medium-long finish, but I also got something I can only describe as a dusty taste at the end. Not in a bad way.

Ron:   Medium long with a wonderful decrescendo.

Nose       4.5 out of 5

Taste       8.5 out of 10

Finish     4.25 out of 5

Total               17.25 out of 20 Barrels

We like everything from Michter’s and Toasted Barrel Finish is no exception. The price is a little on the high side but you are getting a unique Bourbon. And while we found it in a lot of stores, most people we talked to have not heard about it. So you can impress a Bourbon loving friend as a gift or proudly displaying it in your Bourbon cabinet.

We found it also makes a good Bourbon cocktail as well as being good with a few cubes. The unique taste along with the background story of why makes for good presentation. The bottle we tasted was from the 2014 batch. Michter’s has just released the 2015 batch. We recommend you give it a try. We also recommend you do it soon just in case they weren’t kidding about the limited release.