Michter’s 10 Year 2019 Release Straight Rye Review
A nice alignment to Michter's Monday on Day 8 of the #12DaysofWhiskeyExchange that @bourbondipity_ put together. This pour was added courtesy of Josh Parent. I've previously reviewed the 2020 and 2021 releases, but never the 2019! Excited to try this one as I've always enjoyed Michter's 10 Year releases to date. Forgive the old picture, I didn't grab a shot of the sample bottle. Let's see how this older release stacks up!
Company on Label: Michter's
Whiskey Type: Straight Rye Whiskey
Mash Bill Percentages: Undisclosed
Age: 10 years
Further identification: Barrel No 19F954
Nose: Yummy citrus zest with a creamy nose feel. It's lemon twist with a kick of light florals! Level oak presents soft and sweet. Faint pepper alongside vanilla bean. Very, very mellow in the glass early on. It's tough to get any reasonable volume of aroma to waft out of this glass - it seems like one that may need some time to open up. Faint clove and tangerine marmalade. Again very floral, where I'm used to Michter's releases presenting with more candied sweetness. Wow, after a sip some hints of citrus Pinesol notes are faint, but pulling at my heart strings. Later in the glass things take on a more traditional rye profile with allspice, pine boughs and flashes of sweet wintergreen. Caramel and molasses layer in with lovely complexity. Dry dusty oak returns with a boatload of more molasses. The empty glass smells of milk chocolate, oak and a malty orange peel.
Palate: Wow, the palate is much more full of flavor than I was expecting! There's a rich syrupy plum, charred vanilla, red grape, maraschino cherry and raisin abound in this. Lovely sweetness as always to this. Orange peel, malted chocolate, herbal baking spices, and touches of floral funk builds well on another sip. Cinnamon spice builds and leaves a dry nutmeg, ginger snaps and mace. My last sip is incredible with a ton of orange sweetness and cherry pie.