Uncut and unfiltered – a great way to experience bourbon at its rawest. Booker’s was one of the first, if not the first, barrel-proof bourbons on the modern market. The third batch (2015-03) of Booker’s bourbon is known as “The Center Cut”. This refers to Booker Noe’s favorite part of the rickhouse, where Booker’s bourbon is aged. Fred Noe, Booker’s son & current Master Distiller at Jim Beam, called upon a team of whiskey experts, enthusiasts, and writers to help him select this batch. This batch is aged for 7 years, 2 months and 28 days, and bottled at 127.2 proof.
On the nose, I get a bit of roasted corn, sweet vanilla, oak and an overall sense of caramel. There’s a small hint of fresh mint buried there too. The caramel note becomes stronger with a little airtime. Taste-wise, a sweet roasted corn comes in with some spice, followed by a big oak note and a burst of sweet caramel. This is the first batch I can easily make out the charred oak note. The finish is long and warm. Perfect for a winter’s night.
The flavor profile is still Booker’s. There isn’t too much variation from the other batches. From memory, the barrel char note might a little prominent here. Booker’s is still one of the best whiskies in the Beam portfolio and comes highly recommended. A bottle should run you just north of $50.