Michter’s 10 Year Single Barrel – Review

Michter’s 10 Year Single Barrel Background

Michter’s 10 Year Single Barrel
Michter’s 10 Year Single Barrel

Michter’s 10 Year Single Barrel comes from an unknown distillery and bottled up by Michter’s. No idea where this Michter’s 10 Year Single Barrel comes from, but some speculate Brown-Forman and I can see similarities. Brown-Forman has a distinct flavor profile to me, and Michter’s 10 Year Single Barrel seem ballpark. Other rumors suggest Heaven Hill, and that might correct too, but maybe for different Michter’s offerings. Or not. I honestly don’t care about solving these mysteries.

The catch with non-distiller producers is you typically don’t know where the whiskey you’re drinking was made. Which isn’t that big of a deal, but it can make you wonder if the next bottle will be the same. I’ve tried a 2-3 different batches of Michter’s 10 Year Single Barrel from 2014 and they were all pretty good. You’re just basically trusting the people behind the label to either keep a steady supply or pick out something similar.

Details 

10 Years Old. Bottled at 47.2%. Barrel 14H505. No guess on mash bill. MSRP – $120 (2016 Price)

Aroma

Phenolic, cloves, bananas. Vanilla wafers. Banana cream pie. Leathery-sandalwood. Charred oak. 
 

Flavor

Dark, rich vanilla dark caramel, and maple syrup. Raisins. Sweet. Oaky with alcohol warmth.

Overall

Not only is this some nice Bourbon, but Michter’s 10 Year Single Barrel is unlike most other Bourbons on my shelf. The nose is big and rich with what seems an interesting fermentation profile and ample barrel character. There’s mild astringency to what otherwise seems to be nice a woody. Dark sugars and deep flavors give a sweet and rich personality.
So, yeah, this is pretty good stuff. Again, no telling what future batches will bring, but best I can tell 2014 was a winner. Pricing is a bit steep and available is slim, so this goes into the specialty bottle category. Assuming you can find a 2014 bottle and/or future batches are similar, this is a solid buy for the experience and a little variety on the Bourbon shelf.
With all that said, unique can cut both ways. I’m not sure if I’m just projecting, but I can see the Brown-Forman connection. I’ll go out on a limb and suggest that if you like Old Forester 100, then you’ll likely enjoy Michter’s 10 Year.

Recommendation

Buy Again – 4/5 Rating
(My 5 point scale: Pass, Try a Glass, Buy a Bottle, Buy Again, Shut Up and Take My Money – Bottle price is taken into consideration for recommendations.)

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Four Roses Yellow Label Bourbon – Review

Four Roses Yellow Label Background

 
Four Roses Yellow Label
Four Roses Yellow Label

Four Roses Yellow Label is the entry of the three regular Four Roses Bourbons. Second is Four Roses Small Batch and third is the Four Roses Single Barrel. Four Roses Yellow Label is an 80-proof Bourbon that a blending of their 10 straight Bourbon recipes. Four Roses Yellow Label is also younger than the other bottles, said to be about 6.5 years or so.

The wide array of recipes makes Four Roses unique, but also unique is how they age their Bourbon. They use single floor warehouses rather than multi-story buildings. Generally temperatures vary widely from floor to floor of a warehouse so by keeping all the barrels on the same floor should reduce variability from barrel to barrel. But, Bourbon being Bourbon, there are still a lot of variations between barrels regardless, so Four Roses utilized its 10 recipes to hone in on a consistent product.
While Four Roses Yellow Label is a lower 80-proof, it still packs surprising amount of flavor with its high rye recipes and unique yeast characteristics. I think it’s distinctly Four Roses, but the blending of many of their recipes makes it harder than the Small Batch to put your finger on individual characteristics from their private barrel selection.

Details

No Age Statement. Bottled at 80-proof. High rye mash. Paid $20. 

Aroma

Fruity, charred oak. Carmel. Distinctly Four Roses. Minty. A little perfume. Red berries. Smells bright, fresh. Mild vanilla.

Flavor

Sweetness up front. Vanilla General fruitiness, caramel. Nice mild rye presence. Thin and finish quickly fades to a lingering residual char/roasted flavors.

Overall

With the lower proof, mild flavor, but still assertive rye character, I think Four Roses Yellow Label makes for a good cocktail mixer. Good flavor, but won’t over power. I’ve also made Bourbon Balls that turned out pretty nice along with some other stuff in the kitchen. Just drinking straight, Four Roses Yellow Label isn’t the most exciting dram. Lighter proof and younger than other Four Roses bottles, but still some great Bourbon for the price.

Recommendation

Buy a Again – 4.0/5.0 Rating
 
(My 5 point scale: Pass, Try a Glass, Buy a Bottle, Buy Again, Shut Up and Take My Money – Bottle price is taken into consideration for recommendations.)

Buying Options and Further Research

Four Roses Yellow Label is a high rye Bourbon and other similar Bourbon that fit this price range could be Old Grand Dad BiB, Redemption Bourbon, and Bulleit Bourbon.

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Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch 7

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch 7
Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch 7

Last three weeks I’ve been sipping on the latest batch of Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch 7. I’ve posted about Batches 3-6 and thought I could mention something about Batch 7. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch 7 is the lowest proof of the releases as you can see in the table below. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch 7 comes in at 64% / 128-proof. The earlier “hazmat” 140-poof bottle got everyone excited just on proof alone. Being the other end of the spectrum I’m curious how people feel about Batch 7. For me, I don’t really care about the actual proof. I just want a nice big Bourbon to sip on.

Batch 1 – 67.1% / 134.2-Proof
Batch 2 – 68.5% / 137.0-Proof
Batch 3 – 66.6% / 133.2-Proof
Batch 4 – 66.2% / 132.4-Proof
Batch 5 – 67.4% / 134.8-Proof
Batch 6 – 70.1% / 140.2-Proof
Batch 7– 64.0% / 128.0-Proof
Batch 8 – 69.9% / 139.8-Proof
Batch 9 – 67.8% / 135.6-Proof
 Batch 10 – 69.4% /138.8-Proof
Elijah Craig Barrel Proof is one of my favorite Bourbons. It’s very rich, and being 12 years old, has a lot of barrel character. Big burnt/char flavors with heavy dark caramel and vanilla goodness. Chasing special Bourbon releases is an exercise in frustration, but these Elijah Craig Barrel Proof releases are relatively easy to obtain. I can usually snag an extra bottle, and since it comes out every 3 months or so, I can easily enjoy one and stash another.
Anyway, I just can’t get motivated to keep reviewing the same Bourbon over and over to pick out slight various between batches. So, I’ll just add some comments.
Batch 7 I get a big caramel-vanilla punch and sweetness up front. Then in comes the burt-char flavors, filled in with oak and astringency. Throughout a steady alcohol burn from the barrel proof. The finish I get some dark fruits like raisins and some acrid residuals.
I’m not sure Batch 7 is my favorite, but there’s nothing here to change my appreciation of these releases.