Booker's bourbon

This new batch of Booker’s priced higher than last year’s but does the quality remain?

Booker’s Tommy’s Batch 2017-01

6 years 4 months 6 days ; 64.25%

Color: Reddish brown (reminiscent of homemade Apple cider)

Nose: Fruity/apricot, spice, cinnamon, and vanilla. Very pleasing to the nose.

Taste: This bourbon is hot. I had a nip the day before I wrote this up so I knew that it needed some water to cool off. Do yourself a favor and throw in a splash of water; after that though *kisses fingertips*

Starts off with a touch of butterscotch–of the Werther’s variety–red hot, black cherry, and notes of oak, leather, and grasses.

Finish: Strong pepper/spice notes with a hint of herbs and tobacco with a long lingering burn throughout the mouth–which after adding that touch of water is just right.

Verdict: A-

Booker’s always scratches me where I itch. I know that’s not the case for some people but for me I’m almost never disappointed. After a brief dalliance with almost doubling their prices late last year Jim Beam decided–after lots of bourbon aficionado consternation–to go with a smaller markup and only four batches a year instead of six. All good changes in my book, even though it’s always a bummer to pay more for bourbon, at least I know with Booker’s that I’m getting quality.