Michter’s Releases Its 2021 10 Year Bourbon Following Record-Setting Barrel Auction Sale

By Hannah Kanik / May 11, 2021

Louisville-based Michter’s Distillery began shipping the 2021 release of its 10 Year Bourbon this month. Michter’s 10 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon is 94.4 proof and was stored in the Michter’s heat-cycled warehouses. It will sell for a suggested retail price of $150 in the U.S.

“This release is a really full bodied, special bourbon,” Michter’s Master Distiller Dan McKee said in a prepared statement.

“When we heat cycle, it increases the interaction between the whiskey and the wood allowing us to extract more character from the barrel resulting in a truly rich and exceptional whiskey that is not overly oaked,” Michter’s Master of Maturation Andrea Wilson added.

Michter's 10 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon (2021)

Michter’s 10 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon (2021) (image via Michter’s)

This release comes after the brand set a record for a barrel of bourbon purchased at an auction last July. The distillery sold a private barrel selection of its 10 year Kentucky Straight Bourbon at this auction in London for £166,000 (nearly $210,000 USD at the time). “It’s wonderful to see the growing recognition that well-made bourbon, rye, and American whiskey are having around the world,” Joseph J. Magliocco, Michter’s President, said.

Michter’s, for those unfamiliar with it, has its main distillery in the Shively section of Louisville, along with two other sites in Kentucky. The distillery’s 145-acre farming estate sits in Springfield, and its second distillery location is in downtown Louisville at the historic Fort Nelson building. It’s located on West Main Street opposite Louisville Slugger on the same block as the Frazier Museum. This facility uses a pot still system from the original Michter’s Pennsylvania Distillery and has educational tours with whiskey tastings for visitors, as well as its cocktail-focused the Bar at Fort Nelson.

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Limited official tasting notes for the Michter’s 10 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon (2021) suggest that one finds flavors of “big and bold dark toffee and caramel, charred oak, maple syrup, vanilla.”