Where To Buy Michter’s 20 Years Old Limited Release-Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey
Michter’s 20 Year Bourbon buying guide:
Michael and Peter Forman had formed Michter’s Distilleries in the early 1900s, with a small rickhouse in Wilkes-Barre. The first official release of their whiskey was in 1978. They were producing 80,000 gallons by the mid-2000s and it became an American whiskey to rival Old Rip Van Winkle as a truly world-class luxury brand.
Critic tasting note:
Age is readily apparent, not as weariness, but sheer intensity—like a Vise-Grip handshake from an old man. The flavors come in rapid waves, first on the nose with pipe tobacco, dark chocolate, sassafras, cassis, licorice, orange peel, and menthol-like hints of solvent.
Then chewy fruit and drying oak harmonize on the palate, the dark berry fruits playing off the refined oak with its cedary spice. The drying finish echoes of rustling autumn leaves and plum skins. Exquisitely balanced and muscular.” – 94/100, Whisky Advocate
2013 release, barrel no. 13K358, bottle no. 15 of 205, bottle code: A13317358, ullage: top shoulder, original neck tag
Joseph Magliocco, president of New York-based Chatham Imports, bought Michter’s from its owner in 2011 and moved the company’s base of operations to Kentucky.
There, Magliocco revived the Michter’s brand and began purchasing barrels of older whiskey from local distilleries. To those distillers, it was too rich to be blended with younger spirits to create the cheaper brands they were used to selling.
But Magliocco saw beyond the label to the barrel when he saw Michter’s. Not only was it rich, but it also had been stored in a sealed room with no air circulation and no light.
The cask had been soaked in American whiskey all day long, then closed off in a barrel for months on end. The result? The finest single malt whiskey that clearly wasn’t meant for mass consumption.
Despite the fact that these whiskeys have been sourced from multiple distilleries, they contain a common set of characteristics. They’re big and chewy, full of tobacco and caramel, with a depth to the flavor that is not normally associated with aged whiskey.
Rye is at the heart of every single barrel in every Michter’s Distillery rye whiskey; a musty aroma, spicy rye taste. Barrel number one is a blend of 6 year old straight rye and 10 year old straight rye (made famous by Jim Beam) …
This auction features a large number of 10 year old releases from Michter’s, including some you may find rare to see as early as 2016 and even earlier: LOTS #483-#487. There are also a few bottles released in 2011 or later, but many were released over ten years ago. These range from 1999 bottled at the very earliest to more recent releases.
Michter’s released several of their iconic bottles, including this Bourbon Whiskey at the tender age of 10 years old. But not all of the releases were so young: Some bottles were released as old as 16 and even 19 years old. In fact, it is believed that several of the barrels used in these early 20 year old releases came from Stitzel-Weller.
Michter’s has some of the best whiskies ever distilled. The 2017 Michter’s offering (a bourbon) is a top-quality American whiskey, but the 2018 Michter’s offering (an Imperial Stout) was superb and sits at the peak of excellence.
It is also one of the most unique whiskies to come out in years – it tastes like coffee, chocolate and more coffee that you would imagine. The 20-year version is incredible – super smooth, very easy to drink and one of those whiskeys that you can sip on all day long.
Is Michter’s 20 Year Bourbon single barrel rare?
Michter’s Distillery, the makers of very rare whiskeys, announced in a news release, “We will be expanding our grain-growing operations in Springfield, Kentucky from 145 acres to 205 acres”. This should increase Michter’s operational capacity in the future, but at this point it remains limited.