In the glass, the liquid has a lovely, clear and deep amber appearance, a brown core with currents of light catching red. A coat of the glass leaves a torrent of thick, runny legs.
The nose is a stew of fruitiness, with citrus blossoms mingling with a syrup of orange zest, cream and caramel. A trace of old leather lies behind the sweet creaminess, just within reach. Michter’s 20 Year Old also presents an absolutely smooth nose, without even the hint of burn one might expect from 114 proof bourbon.
Michter’s 20 Year Old is a personable, bold and flavorful high proof bourbon. There is nothing subtle about it, but instead is akin to what the best of Booker’s would be, were it taken up a full notch.