Michter’s small-batch bourbon is named after a former ‘oldest distillery in the USA’, and is currently wowing the UK bar scene. Sweet, fruity and spicy, it packs in plenty of flavour.
Michter’s US*1 Small Batch Bourbon Review:
The bourbon is described as being “Very sweet and fruity, it’s a bit like rubbing alcohol with banana” and that is exactly how I feel about it.
It is a very sweet taste with a noticeable after burn that obscures the traditional flavours of rich sweetness, a malty smokiness and spice. There is a hint of liquorice but the banana dominates. I’d call it the Banana Fudge sundae of spirits.
The vanilla flavour is probably the most distinctive of these flavours and is often a wonderful flavouring and I find myself reaching for it often, but in this spirit it is a little disappointing and altogether distracting, even mildly confusing.
The burn is too intense for my liking and I find myself wanting the alcohol to be more alcoholic, and I felt the same during the bourbon ritual, it is a slightly bitter tipple.
I can appreciate the water you are instructed to stick this in, it really helps to mellow out the flavour a little, but I still prefer a cocktail.
If I were trying to describe chocolate, I would say it’s the first time you’ve ever tasted chocolate in your life and you’re like ‘okay, I love chocolate now’ and then you realise that chocolate is just hot chocolate and you will never taste chocolate again, other than melted marshmallows, and guess what, they are delicious too.
I was under the impression that we like bourbon as adults but I wonder if I am betraying my own people by enjoying such a sweet, sugary goo.
The taster for this bourbon is the ‘small batch’ and I think that’s a great idea, it gives the bourbons a lot to distinguish them from each other and it avoids the all too common ‘all bourbon is bourbon’, although I am not a fan of juice merchant bourbons.
I think the price of this bourbon is very fair, I am glad that I got to check it out without spending my whole household income, although I will probably find another way to get my hands on one soon.
The aroma is a lovely bright banana then slightly earthy, although the aroma can be quite misleading. The aroma is very reminiscent of cheap, cheap vodka (and I love cheap vodka).
The taste is not too shabby either, it is up there with the best. The banana is strong but it’s balanced by the caramel and vanilla, you can taste the famous Michter’s process, but I think it is unfortunately too strong, it almost seems to take over the rest of the bourbon.
Michter’s Small Batch Bourbon Review:
The burn is fairly straightforward, a tingly, cold sensation in your gut coupled with a heady, more alcoholic sensation. You’ll be a bit surprised at first, it a little reminds me of a ‘weak’ vodka, in body and flavour, but it is obviously much much stronger.
Overall, its a very delicious bourbon and it is quite satisfying to drink, and again it, unfortunately seems very similar to ‘vodka’ in terms of flavour (they’re both vodkas, right?’). It takes me back to being a teenager and thinking ‘Vodka is the best’ and also being quite disappointed at finding out (after 5 minutes in the library) that I am an adult, and then realising that all bourbons are basically vodka.
I think it is very impressing and I hope to try more Michter’s spirits, I think their bourbons are really good and I would recommend them to anyone who is a fan of vodka.
Michter’s Small Batch is very sweet and fruity, it’s a bit like rubbing alcohol with banana.
The burn is fairly straightforward, a tingly, cold sensation in your gut coupled with a heady, more alcoholic sensation. It takes me back to being a teenager and thinking ‘Vodka is the best’ and also being quite disappointed at finding out (after 5 minutes in the library) that I am an adult, and then realising that all bourbons are basically vodka.
I think it is very impressing and I hope to try more Michter’s spirits, I think their bourbons are really good.
I got my hands on two bottles of Michter’s Small Batch (both sent to me on review), and I have been very pleasantly surprised.
What I find out is that, for a small-batch, the quality and flavour are excellent. I really like the choice of different spices they’ve settled on, and as always, I like that it is un-aged.
It’s a sweet, pleasing taste that goes down smoothly, and it’s a shame that you will have to wait 6 years to have the chance to sample it with other people.
As usual, I made a bourbon cocktail to accompany the tasting and I’m very fond of it. I even had to re-create the cocktail for my friends who weren’t familiar with bourbon.
The tasting went very well!
I have so many new questions! Let me know what you think of this new product and I’ll see if I can respond.
Michter’s Small Batch Bourbon Review:
“I previously had the privilege to review Michter’s 10 Year Old, and was quite eager to try the small batch, and surprisingly, we were sent 2 bottles. This is what we have to say:
WOW! First off, we had plenty of whiskey as gifts, and I already have quite a collection, but I have never noticed anything like the smell of these two ‘small batch’ bourbons. It was very strong, but not in an unpleasant way.
The appearance is, well, quite nice. They are incredibly dark, and look, to be honest, beautiful. The glass holds a good amount of liquid, especially when you pour it into your glass. The smell is the strongest of the two, despite the instructions to not over pour.
The taste is sweet, with a little heat, but the heat dies down pretty quickly, and yet, you have the lingering taste of spices, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla and more. I can only describe it “quite nice”.
The burn is quite a harsh burn, like rubbing alcohol (being from New York, I’m well aware of how rubbery the bur-den is), and yet, the burn goes down smoothly and as you drink it, the burn slowly dies down. It’s quite a rush to be honest, and I can’t imagine anyone saying no to it. It’s not overpoweringly sweet, but that’s just my opinion!
After finishing the bottle, I mean within a few hours of each other, my nose was unhappy. A little redness developed to my nose, and took a little over a week to go away. Don’t worry, see your doctor if it gets infected. The taste was still at the back of my mind, and I cannot stop thinking about it. If it’s that strong to my nose, you can imagine how strong it would be in the body!
It’s very, very strong, and leaves an aftertaste that is similar to the smell, with spices such as cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, etc.