Food - Drink
The Rare Bourbon That Skyrocketed In Value Over Just 5 Years
By MICHELLE WELSCH
Bourbon is a type of whiskey that must be made in the U.S., brewed from mash made of at least 51% corn, distilled at 160 proof or less, and stored in charred new oak barrels without any additives. Any good bourbon can be a worthy investment, but some rare bottles fetch incredibly high prices due to a sudden spike in popularity.
If you purchased Micheter’s 20 Bourbon when it was first sold for $750 in 2017, you’ll now have a bottle valued at around $7,000. Michter’s 20-year Kentucky Straight Bourbon is aged in over 17-year-old barrels and has a 57.1% alcohol content, and Michter’s attributes the quality to “the exceptional results of uncompromising craftsmanship.”
The Whiskey Wash explains that it's difficult to age bourbon beyond 20 years, because the flavor of the base can go awry when not under the watch of a talented distiller. The Michter’s 20 delivers on the hype with a rich nose of fruit and chocolate hazelnuts with a creamy, warm palate of butter, butterscotch, and leathered honey.