Proof: 92.8

Age:  At least 10 years old

Distillery: Michter’s

Mashbill: N/A

Price: $149.99


Nose: Allspice, Graham cracker, burnt marshmallow, cinnamon sugar, honey, clove, mint, orange peel, vanilla

Taste: Silky/tannic mouthfeel. Toasted marshmallow, floral, shortbread cookie, honey, creme brulee, fresh mint, tea, light leather, coconut, nutmeg, cinnamon-sugar, dried fog, spiced vanilla.

Finish: Medium-long length. Mint, light floral notes, and honey are fresh at the front of the palate, flowing into a delicious medley of spices. Nutmeg, cinnamon-sugar, rye grain, and clove push for a little control over the frontal earthen notes. Sweet, almost pie crust like Graham cracker and honey, then citrus, more mint, ending on dried fig, spiced vanilla, and a perfect touch of leathery oak tannins.

Overall: Michter’s is either a love it or hate it brand, I feel like at least, and I love them. This 10 year rye is one of my favorite limited expressions that they do and it has been killer every release.

This age stated release is a single barrel so every barrel will be different but they are always proofed to 92.8, which as most of us are fans of barrel proof and uncut whiskies, this just nails it.

There are some lingering spice notes, balanced by some earthen rye grain, and a touch of oak at the end that just seal it with a chef’s kiss. This particular barrel, 22F2108, packs a delicious rye forward profile, but with enough sweetness to please anyone.

It almost tastes slightly toasted – just slighty though. The marshmallow and spiced vanilla really read similar to what I’ve had of toasted rye in the past, but the citrus and floral notes from the added water balance those out to remind you, this is a rye whiskey.

I find it worthy of the $149.99 price tag, especially in today’s market where age stated products are disappearing and the ones still around are doubling, or tripling, in price.

Rating: 7.6/10

Value Rating: 7.5/10

Total Score: 7.55/10