Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Booker's Bourbon

Last week I pulled out my iPhone and did the following review...

I'm on a skiing vacation with no snow! My parents and wife just left with my son to Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater home right up the road here in western PA. That's when I picked up the Booker's Bourbon my mom brought. Nothing like watching opening tip of the NCAA tourney and drinking alone on a Thursday afternoon!

This bottle of Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is made by Booker Noe, Master Distiller at Jim Beam Distilling Company. He's also JB's grandson. This small-batch bourbon is bottled right from the barrel, uncut. My bottle is 7 years 0 months old, 63.95% alcohol (127.9 proof), Batch no. C03-A-29.

I first tried this bourbon neat. The aroma is very complex, so give yourself some time to get past the booze and enjoy it. Sweet maple and butterscotch marry a nice fruity orange bouquet. Oak is also prevalent and some spicy rye comes through too.

Taking a sip, this is hot as expected. However, it is also smooth and quite enjoyable right from the beginning. Oak flavors and tons of orange dominate the beginning, followed by a nice sweet soothing honey balance. Light vanilla, some buttery texture, and a terrific spicy rye finish come next. Dry at the end too.

I added a splash of water to see what that would add to the experience. The aroma is much softer, more muted, with the fruitiness jumping out more. Flavors are dominated by oak and citrus orange filling my nostrils. The burn lingers more too. Still spicy with a long finish.

I liked Booker's better neat more because I felt the nose and flavor profile were more complex and intense. Adding water only has the effect of diluting that down to an oak-dominated spirit.

Thoroughly enjoyed this. Recommended!

Sent from my iPhone

The picture to your left is the bottle I bought a few days ago, when I got back home to Florida. Yep, I'm hooked on this bourbon! The store manager at Total Wine that just gave that recent bourbon class wanted to know why not Woodford Reserve. I told him that I had found my princess, LOL. Excellent!

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