Is Michter’s Bourbon Hard to Find? Answered (2023 Updated)

Last Updated on August 22, 2023 by Lydia Martin

Recently hailed as the “World’s Most Admired American Whiskey” by “Drink’s International” in the UK, all eyes are on Michter’s, a US-based spirits company. 

With the increasing fanatics of the brand and Michter’s limited production and releases, online forums and groups talk about how difficult it is to purchase a bottle of Michter’s nowadays.

But is Michter’s bourbon hard to find? Have you experienced the same thing? So, we took the time to investigate, and here’s what we found out. 

Is It Difficult To Find Michter’s Bourbon? 

Michter's Bourbon Bottle on a Shelves

Not all of Michter’s bourbon is hard to find. But most of Michter’s expressions are elusive or getting rare nowadays.  

If you’re looking for the Michter’s Legacy Series, the 10-, 20- and 25-Year releases, and the Barrel Finish variations, it’ll be really challenging for you to find a bottle from any of these expressions. 

But if you prefer the straight rye and bourbon, their whiskey, and the sour mash, you have a big chance of purchasing them in liquor stores or online retailers. 

Is Mitcher’s Bourbon Rare? 

Michter’s bourbon isn’t that rare compared to other brands like Pappy and Eagle Rare.

However, there are Michter’s expressions that are getting rare these days, like the following:

  • Celebration Sour Mash
  • Michter’s 10- and 20-Year releases 
  • Michter’s 25-Year release (limited production)
  • Toasted Barrel Finish Sour Mash
  • Toasted Barrel Finish Bourbon

If you’re looking for these bottles, unfortunately, it takes time and effort before you can find any of these expressions nowadays. 

The increasing demand for Michter’s is a great contributing factor, along with the limited production, making the expressions rare or hard to find these days. 

Why Some People Think It’s Hard To Find 

Michter's Bourbon Bottles on top of Wooden Barrel

The main reason why people think all of Michter’s expressions are hard to find is that most of the brand spirits are allocated, and some are limited releases. 

But on the good side, there are Michter’s expressions you can possibly find in liquor stores or online retailers, including: 

The Michter’s US-1 Sour Mash was available in most liquor stores before. However, this expression is becoming invisible in liquor stores and bars due to high demand. 

Is Mitcher’s Bourbon Allocated?

Michter’s Bourbon and any other types of Michter’s is currently allocated as demand exceeds supply [1]. So, Michter’s bottles are available in selected regions and stores only. 

Some of the allocated and “hardest-to-find” Michter’s bottles include: 

  • Michter’s Single Barrel 10-Year Rye (Limited Release)
  • Michter’s Single Barrel 10-Year Bourbon
  • Michter’s Toasted Barrel Finish Bourbon
  • Michter’s Toasted Sour Mash Whiskey
  • Michter’s US-1 Barrel Strength Rye Whiskey

Mitcher’s Bottles That Are Hard To Find 

Michter’s Limited Release 25-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Michter's 25 year Bourbon Bottle

This Michter’s limited release is made from sourced barrels from a 25-year-old juice– zero cutting ensures the absolute best possible flavor.

“A hallmark of our older whiskeys is that they have beautifully complex character while not being overly oaked.”

— Andrea Wilson, Michter’s Master of Maturation

This is a rich and flavorful holiday drink combining dried fruits and candied nuts, creating a smoky almond nuttiness. 

Michter’s 10-Year Single Barrel Rye 

Michter's 10-Year Single Barrel Rye Whiskey Bottle

Another rare expression from Michter’s is the 10-Year Single Barrel Rye. Actually, this is a phenomenal rye, which is perfect for Manhattans.

You probably can’t see any of this spirit in liquor stores, as it was produced in limited quantities only.   


What’s the rarest Mitcher’s bottle?

The rarest Michter’s expression is the Michter’s Celebration Sour Mash, with only 273 bottles available to the public.

What’s the most elusive Mitcher bourbon bottle?

The most elusive Michter bourbon bottle is still the Celebration Sour Mash, but Michter’s will release the 2022 version in limited quantities (328 bottles), and it’ll be hard to tell where you can find such “rare” spirits [2].  

Final Say

With the growing fans of Michter’s, their bourbons and other expressions are getting allocated and harder to find nowadays. 

As demand exceeds supply and commodity, there are expressions you can’t easily find in your local liquor stores or favorite online retailers. 

Almost all types of Michters are getting allocated, and we can’t be sure where those bottles will be on sale in the future. 



Lydia Martin

Lydia Martin hails from Redmond, Washington, where you’ll find some of the best cocktail bars and distilleries that offer a great mix of local drinks. She used to work as a bar manager in Paris and is a self-taught mixologist whose passion for crafting unique cocktails led her to create Liquor Laboratory. Lydia can whip up a mean Margarita in seconds! Contact at [email protected] or learn more about us here.

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