By Matt Goldstein
Aged between six to eight years in oak barrels, Booker’s uncut straight from the barrel bourbon is part of the critically acclaimed small batch collection by Jim Beam which features Knob Creek, Basil Hayden’s, Baker’s and Booker’s. Created by Booker Noe in 1992, Booker’s bourbon was so well received that Booker decided to make it available for everyone, all year round. Bottled at its natural proof between 121 and 127, the sediment at the bottom of the glass is a testament to this unfiltered magnum opus of whiskey. Not knowing what the sediment was, I actually got a free glass in a downtown Philadelphia restaurant when I sent the Booker’s back because there was “crap in my glass.” While drinking my second glass of whiskey, again the sediment appeared a few minutes later. I decided to live with it, and review the whiskey. It wasn’t until doing the research shortly before writing this article that I realized Booker’s is uncut and un filtered.
Booker’s: Review, Taste and Flavor
Booker’s small batch bourbon is strong with a thin bourbon flavor and thin mouth feel at first. Slightly sweet with a subtle bourbon scent, Booker’s is dry and complex. Although rich, dry is the main flavor and character in this whiskey. Having a great bite, with notes of oak and vanilla, the flavors open up with a splash or two of water. This is a classic bourbon whiskey and perfect for the bourbon sipping connoisseur. For the beginner, put this bourbon on ice or you might get bit!