Michter's 10 Year Bourbon
Company on Label: Michter's
Whiskey Type: Bourbon
Mash Bill Percentages: 79% Corn, 8% Rye, 12% Malted Barley
Age: 10 Years
Further identification: Barrel No 20F1287
Maker’s Mark 46 Cask Strength
Company on Label: Maker's Mark
Whiskey Type: Wheated Bourbon
Mash Bill Percentages: 70% Corn, 16% Wheat, 14% Barley
Age: NAS (~6 Years)
Further identification: 2021 Release
Nose: Citrus and smooth - not tannic - wine nose. Herbal hay note. Wow; nose is exceptional. Earthy grass & caramel/marshmallow marriage. As it opens it turns into a candied fruit medley like I sometimes will get out of a Colonel E.H. Taylor Single Barrel. Big anise note shows up late.
Palate: Candy sweets! Cinnamon red hots, cherry syrup, and the drying presence of those smarties. Hmmm; molasses and syrupy stewed herbs. Very interesting. Oaky for sure, but balanced with a sweetness that keeps it from becoming drying past the gums. Leaning heavily on the lemongrass freight train, this doesn't evolve as rapidly as the other glass. It takes it's time, weaving a sweet and slow story together that is certainly meant to be savored. The finish is long and slow, building up from molasses and pears into a rye spice crescendo that leaves you looking forward to the next sweet sip.
Nose: Leather, roasted nuts, chocolate & pepper on nose. Meaty notes are present; vanilla and smoked wood. Creamy almost rum-like flavor hiding out of the depths. Occasionally there is a big punch of brown sugar. Just so rich and complex on nose.
Palate: A balanced caramel sweetness mixed well with the dank, proofy leather & wood. Syrupy. Long. Yum. At all times. The creamy rum notes are more present on palate. Rich, rich, rich! Really enjoyable mouth coating of brown sugar, cinnamon and molasses.
Final Ranking: Maker's Mark 46 Cask Strength > Michter's 10 Bourbon by a thin margin