Bookers Small Batch 2019 01E

Delicate, Juicy, Oak, Vanilla
One of the flagships of the Jim Beam distillery is Booker's Bourbon. Supposedly created by Booker Noe, Jim Beam only bottles 4 batches a year. "Uncut and unfiltered" means that we have the full power of a natural bourbon in our glass. Today it's Batch 2019-01E. This is the part of the first 2019 batch that was produced for the European market. The label promises 6 years and 3 months of maturation and almost 63% ABV.
Bookers Small Batch 2019 01E
Bookers Small Batch 2019 01E (@whiskyedition)
Kentucky Straight Bourbon | 6 Year Old | 62,95 % ABV. | 142,84 €/l | Jim Beam Distillery | produced in USA (Kentucky) | Whiskybase ID 134133


The aroma load on the nose is a massive wall of caramel, vanilla, brown sugar - all in all an intensely sweet soup. As the nose evolves, softer notes of mint, a little apple and buttered popcorn emerge. The intense, spicy cloud of oak and a light resinous note hover over everything.


At first, the viscosity is overwhelming. Booker's presents its oiliness like a syrup. We find the sweetness of caramel, brown sugar and oak again. Dryness spreads over the palate. This is followed by slightly bitter orange, baked apple with vanilla sauce and a finely tuned spiciness of nuts and nutmeg.


This Kentucky Straight Bourbon is long lasting. Intense oak combines with a barely perceptible bitterness. At the same time, it is smooth and almost floral, with a hint of dark chocolate.


If the answer to the question "How intense would you like your bourbon to be?" is "Yes!", then Booker's is the right choice. Jim Beam makes a pretty convincing case for what their bourbon can achieve. The big problem is availability. If you have to buy a bottle on the secondary market, it's hard to justify the purchase.

Rating: 88/100 - Excellent (Marcel: 85 | Sascha: 90)

Value for Money: 4/5 - Good

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