With the first batch of 2019, Booker’s pays tribute to longtime Jim Beam employee Teresa Wittemer. More than 30 years ago, late Master Distiller Booker Noe hired Wittemer on the spot after a short 15-minute interview. She spent most of her career in Quality Control, helping Booker Noe and his son, current Beam Master Distiller Fred Noe, mingle barrels together to create batches of Booker’s bourbon.
Teresa’s Batch is 6 years, 3 months, and a day old. Barrels pulled for this batch come from three production dates and nine locations in four different warehouses:
- 2% – 2nd floor of 7-story warehouse 5
- 1% – 4th floor of 7-story warehouse 5
- 10% – 6th floor of 9-story warehouse D
- 3% – 4th floor of 9-story warehouse E
- 25% – 5th floor of 9-story warehouse E
- 25% – 6th floor of 9-story warehouse E
- 28% – 5th floor of 9-story warehouse J
- 3% – 6th floor of 9-story warehouse J
- 3% – 8th floor of 9-story warehouse J
This batch is bottled uncut and unfiltered at 125.9 proof, or 62.95% ABV.
On the nose, hints of creamy peanut butter and sweet buttered popcorn rise out of the glass alongside a touch of vanilla and oak. Taste-wise, Booker’s signature vanilla note kicks things off, closely followed by a slightly dominant roasted peanut note, as well as brown sugar, dark fruit, and grilled corn-on-the-cob. Some oak spice and barrel char ramp up on the back palate. The finish is long and a slightly spicy.
There is usually a light, distinct peanut note found in a lot of Jim Beam products. In this batch of Booker’s, that note seems to be a major player instead of a supporting character. It throws the flavors off balance, which is highly unusual for Booker’s. “Teresa’s Batch” isn’t bad in and of itself, but when compared to previous batches of Booker’s, it falls short. If you’re looking for classic Booker’s, look elsewhere. 7/10
Thanks to Booker’s for the sample. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.