Booker’s is the final bourbon I am reviewing in this mini series of Jim Beam premium bourbons. I mentioned that the Baker’s took things up a notch from the Knob Creek in terms of full on flavour and alcohol strength. Booker’s skips a few notches and more coming in at 63.4% volume. This is a small batch (mix of barrels) and not a single barrel bourbon taken straight from the cask but you will still come across bottles with varying degrees of strength around this ball park. I recommend you pour this one, add a drop of water (keep the glass of water and spoon to hand)…. go for a walk….. have nap when you get back and then get back to your pour.
Whisky: Booker’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 63.4% vol.
Nose: Raisins doused in alcohol, vanilla, demerara, spiced orange, pepper
Taste: Plums, burnt sugar, buttery, buttered popcorn, peppery, leather
Finish: Pepper and leather
Summary: Strong stuff. I must repeat give this time and water for it to open up. The classic bourbon flavours are there if you let the alcohol settle and get the water levels to the right amount for your taste buds. This is the problem I have with this one though, I am happy to be patient and let whiskies open up so that I am rewarded with a complex depth of flavours. Your reward for the wait with Booker’s is the typical bourbon flavours but on steroids. Having tried the Jim Beam premium range I am starting to wonder if there are anymore flavours to discover within the category.
Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,
1 – not to my preference
2 – tastes fine but does not excite me
3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally
4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf
5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf
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