Okay no real surprise here in the winner. Michter’s 20 is a nicely proofed, excellently aged product. But let’s take a look at the actual comparison rather than the final score.
Michter’s 10 is somewhat available and, when found at retail, is a bit spendy but not to the point where you’ll find yourself being served with divorce papers over the purchase. Michter’s 10 also is a product that a more casual drinker would likely find approachable. Both due to the lower proof point and the less intense oak profile.
This comparison really highlights the fact that great bourbon can be had for a reasonable price…or an unreasonable price. While these are both quality whiskeys (and I enjoyed sipping them) in the end, the ultra-premium sibling stands out as the clear winner here, albeit at an exponentially higher price. Obvious as the winner might seem, I’m not sure I’d scream from the rooftops that Michter’s 20 is something you need to go out and spend a boatload on.
Our grading system: As mentioned in our About Us page, we’re excited to share bourbon with our friends, family, and readers. There are enough critics, cynics, and curmudgeons in the whiskey world as it is, so our goal is to foster the bourbon community in a positive way by bringing fun and entertaining content whenever possible–as such–we decided that applying precise scores to whiskey was simply too serious for us (and didn’t accurately showcase variability in taste from day to day). We use a simple grade school system to apply a grade to the whiskeys we review because we feel it is indicative of the whiskey’s grade for us on that particular day. A grade of a “B” today may very well be a “B+” or even a “B-” on another day, so rather than focusing on a precise score today that may not stand the test of time, we are just sharing our overall grade of that pour for that one tasting. Pour a bit and enjoy, friends, these are the good old days of whiskey!