Michter’s Has Announced the 2019 Release of 20-Year Bourbon

Michter's 20 Year Bourbon. Courtesy Photo.

Michter’s Distillery Master Distiller Dan McKee and Master of Maturation Andrea Wilson must have the best job in the world. Just this morning, they announced that after months of careful consideration, they have approved the release of a 20-Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon arriving in early November.

“We have a protocol whereby our Master Distiller Dan McKee and I taste our most mature lots of whiskey more frequently to determine peak quality,” stated Wilson in press release.

After 20 years in the barrel, some whiskey lovers become concerned that the final product will be too oaky or tannic. Michter’s hopes that by keeping such a close eye (and palate) on their older barrels, their new 20-Year release will be something special.

“By paying such careful attention to maturation, we wind up with 20 year plus barrels that can be really special and complex without being overly woody,” explained McKee in a press release.

Like last year’s release (which was their first in two years), the 2019 20-Year Bourbon will be bottled at 114.2 proof.

“It’s an elegant bourbon with lots of depth and cascading flavors,” said Michter’s President Joseph J. Magliocco. Official tasting notes from the brand tell us to expect “intense notes of black cherry, rich molasses, honeysuckle, roasted pecans, [and] toasted charred oak.”

Lucky bourbon lovers who have the opportunity to buy a bottle of Michter’s 20-Year Bourbon should prepare to pay a suggested retail price of $700 – but we know that bottles on the secondary market will reach prices much higher than that. Either way, we’re sure this bottle will top many 2019 wish lists. Happy hunting!

Caroline Paulus
Caroline Paulus is the Senior Editor for The Bourbon Review. She lives and writes in Lexington, Kentucky. Follow her on Instagram @misswhiskeyhistorian to keep up with her latest in bourbon news - and a few old finds, too.