Maker: Beam, Clermont, Kentucky, USA (Beam Suntory)
Age: 6 yrs, 2 mos
Proof: 128.5 (64.25% ABV)
Michigan state minimum: $59
Appearance: Auburn with thin, evenly spaced legs.
Nose: Taffy, alcohol, lavender, leather, fresh basil, roasted corn.
Palate: Sweet and hot, but rounded. Rock candy and oak. Opens up but weakens with water. Butterscotch candy, tarragon, touch of char.
Finish: Table grapes, cut grass, alcohol, caramel corn.
Parting words: Booker’s was created by and named after Booker Noe, grandson of Jim Beam and father of Fred Noe, current Beam brand ambassador. According to marketing materials, this is how Booker drank his bourbon: uncut and at 6-8 y/o.
Booker’s was one of the first high-end bourbons I ever tasted and it was one of my favorites back then. I’ve had it a few other times over the years and it’s always been one I’ve enjoyed. This one doesn’t seem as good as ones I’ve had in the past. It has more of the less desirable aspects of the Beam character than past bottles, especially with water added.
I’m not sure if it’s worth the price, especially considering that Knob Creek Single Barrel at 120 proof is only $46 and Baker’s is $47 at a lower proof and higher age. I’m not sure if a few more proof points and a pine box (perfect for Halloween) is worth the extra scratch. Still, it tastes good and that’s the most important thing, right? Booker’s is recommended.