Review No.83. Michters US No1 Small Batch Bourbon

I have not reviewed a bourbon for a while and that is because I have not purchased one for a while expect for Eagle Rare 10, which is my go to.  I am quite frustrated with the bourbon scene at the moment, prices are increasing across the board and there is nothing new that has been coming out that excites me.  I have noticed bottles of Michters appearing on the shelves at my local whisky specialist store and I have been noticing mixed reviews on Michters in general so I thought I would try a sample and make my own mind up.


Whisky: Michter’s US No.1 Small Batch Bourbon, 45.7%

Nose: Vanilla, caramel, cinnamon, cherry, pepper, leather, alcohol

Taste: Butterscotch, cinnamon bun, vanilla, oak

Finish: Short, doughy, pepper spice

Score: 2

Summary: This one showed a lot of promise on the nose but when it came to delivering on taste it failed.  My expectations were low to being with but the nose was giving me some hope.  There was a mature nose to this coming from the leather and pepper.  The rest if forgettable.  This is bland and delicate.  Water destroys it completely.  I would drink this if I was at a bar and choice is limited, but then thinking about it almost every bar has Jim Beam so I doubt I would ever order this Michters.  At £55 a bottle, this is a great example of what annoys me about bourbon.


Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf


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