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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Michter's Announces 20 Year Bourbon - Coming in November

Michter's has announced the 2019 release of Michter's 20 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon shipping to distributors and importers as early as November of this year and comes with a suggested retail price of $700.

Michter's President Joseph J. Magliocco states:
It's an elegant bourbon with lots of depth and cascading flavors. We have a protocol whereby our Master Distiller Dan McKee and I taste our most mature lots of whiskey more frequently to determine peak quality. 
The 2019 bottling comes was aged in American white oak barrels, in at 114.2 proof (57.1% alcohol), and has a suggested price of $700 for a 750ml bottle and is packaged in the bottle style that is used for the Michter’s 10 year, 20 Year, 25 Year, and Celebration releases.

The tasting notes provided by Michter's are: Intense notes of black cherry, rich molasses, honeysuckle, roasted pecans, toasted charred oak

My Take

As with most of the premium spirits, I expect this to be incredibly hard to come by. The price is interesting too. $700 is a tremendous amount to spend on a bottle of bourbon. This is a release targeted at collectors, unfortunately, it doesn't come with any extras that are expected to come with the high-end releases. For example, the recent release of 1994 Vintage O.F.C. comes in a wooden display box containing a provenance card. Inside the wooden box lies a crystal bottle with real copper lettering in-laid in the bottle with a hand applied paper label... granted, that is 3x the price... a closer comparable is Blood Oath Pact #5, which is sold packaged in a fire-branded wooden box... For $700, it's disappointing this doesn't come with more from a display perspective.

I reached out to Michter's and they were unsure if this would make it to Ohio and would not release how many barrels or bottles were used. Given the expected availability and the price, this is one I'm staying away from and doesn't really excite me.

If you have any experience with this or see it while you're out and about, drop a comment below.

Source: Michter's

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