Booker’s Batch 2016-04 is named after Booker Noe’s love for fishing. He’d take his son, current Jim Beam Master Distiller Fred Noe, fishing for bluegill. Other than making bourbon, fishing was one of Booker’s passions.
This batch of Booker’s comes in at 128 proof and aged 6 years, 5 months and 28 days. Limited editions aside, Booker’s will always come in between 6 and 8 years. The label mentions that THE Jim Beam liked his bourbon aged in that range. “Bluegill Creek” barrels were pulled from four different rack houses, always from the center racks.
One thing Booker’s is known for is its big vanilla note. This is true of all batches of Booker’s, and this one is no exception. That vanilla note is present in the sweet nose alongside light brown sugar, sweet corn and a touch of baking spices. Taste-wise, I get vanilla, sweet & spicy popcorn, caramel, and a touch of ground cinnamon and peanut oil. There isn’t that young corn/grain note I picked up in some of the earlier batches. The nuttiness I normally get from Booker’s is minimal. What makes this batch unique is the presence of more prevalent baking spices. The finish is long, warm and semi-sweet.
All in all, another solid batch of Booker’s, and an extremely drinkable one. This one earns an easy recommendation. 8.5/10
Thanks to Beam Suntory for the sample. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.