Michter's Distillery has been churning out products rather rapidly over the past two years, recently receiving the recognition as 2012 Distiller of the Year. This small batch bourbon is my first Michter's product. There is no age statement on the label (however it is "matured to the peak of perfection"). This bottle is from batch No. 1272 with a proof of 91.4.
Color: Late summer honey
Nose: Extremely sweet, floral and elegant. Vanilla, maraschino cherries, cream of corn, brown sugar, Dr. Pepper.
Taste: Subtle caramel sweetness that fades rapidly and transitions into a rocky crescendo of earthy and leathery notes. Straw, rye bread, charred oak and tobacco dominate.
Finish: Short finish. Very smooth and extremely easy to drink neat at 91.4 proof. Oak lingers and my palate is left dry as if I just smoked a cigar.
Conclusion: Michter's claims to use "pre-revolutionary war quality standards" dating back to 1753. Well, it should be a crime against humanity to present such an elegantly complex nose yet leave such a flat presence on the palate. While this is a very smooth bourbon with an decadent nose, the lack of intrigue on the palate and the flat "dry mouth" finish leave a lot to be desired. For me, this was a must try, and while it did get better with time, at $39.99, I won't be buying another.
My Rating: C (Decent)