Michter’s has a 20 plus year legacy of offering traditional American whiskeys of uncompromising quality. In some cases the current year’s release isn’t as good as last year’s. In the case of Michter’s they have a history of tasting some of their marque products like their 10-year-old bourbon and if it doesn’t meet their pallets they skip the release.
The process of saying ‘No’ has taken on its own legacy at the distillery thanks to their late Master Distiller Willie Pratt (1942-2020). Many years ago, Pratt earned this nickname from Michter’s Executive Vice President Steve Ziegler for his refusal to release any whiskey until he felt it was just right. Unfortunately for Michter’s fans 2022 is one of those years for their 10-year-old bourbon.
“Over the more than two decades since we restarted Michter’s in Kentucky, we have had several years where we’ve chosen to hold back particular offerings,” observed Michter’s President Joseph J. Magliocco. “Our goal is to put out the greatest American whiskey. When we think something is already wonderful, but will become spectacular with a bit more aging, we have not been shy about waiting to release it. When it comes to whiskey, there’s no substitute for patience and time.”
“I’m proud to be at a company that is so laser focused on offering top quality whiskey. This continues the protocol set by our late Master Distiller Willie ‘Dr. No’ Pratt,” commented Michter’s Master Distiller Dan McKee.
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The Louisville-based distiller plans to keep the barrels originally slated to be bottled this year for one further year of aging.
Michter’s Master of Maturation Andrea Wilson stated, “Bourbon enthusiasts often tell us how much they love our 10 Year Bourbon for its depth and complexity. While we know our Michter’s supporters will be disappointed, just know we are continuing to stay true to our philosophies of who we are as a company and as a brand by always delivering extraordinary whiskey to those who are willing to wait.”
Michter’s portfolio includes bourbon, rye, sour mash whiskey, and American whiskey. Currently all types of Michter’s are being allocated because demand exceeds supply. Michter’s 10 Year Bourbon (when you can find it) has a suggested retail price of $160 in the United States.