Booker’s second batch of 2020 has been released. Titled “Boston Batch,” this release pays homage to Jim Beam’s Booker Noe Distillery in Boston, KY. Late Master Distiller Booker Noe spent a lot of his time there. Since the distillery stood in the shadow of Jim Beam’s primary Clermont distillery, Noe was able to experiment a bit without much corporate interference. The legendary Booker’s Rye Whiskey was created there.
The youngest barrels in “Boston Batch” are 6 years, 3 months, and 10 days old. It’s been bottled at cask strength (63.25%, or 126.5 proof). The slightly bright nose is classic Booker’s – caramel corn, roasted peanuts, and loads of vanilla. Sweet and salty peanuts dominate the entry. A wave of vanilla adds a bit more sweetness, which is tempered by some baking spices. A touch of earthiness shows face before the long, warm finish.
The young age of some of the barrels lends the whiskey a vibrancy not normally found. I say young, but remember – Booker’s is typically 6 to 8 years old. All in all, “Boston Batch” is another great addition to the Booker’s story, though it doesn’t rank among the brand’s best releases.
Thanks to Booker’s Bourbon for the sample. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.