Price Point: $40 – $50 for 750 ML
Distiller: James B. Beam Distilling Co.
Everybody has an opinion. Even our relatives. Sometimes we agree, sometimes we don’t. When I first started this blog, I posted a link to it on my Facebook. I got a comment from my Uncle Chris who lives out in California. He asked about my opinion on Knob Creek, and I said I wasn’t a huge fan. My credibility with him seemed to disappear. He asked if I had tried Booker’s, and I said no. Within a few days, I had a bottle in my possession, with the agreement that I would review.
This review’s for you, Uncle Chris.
The nose is pretty intense at 64% alcohol. Once you get past the harshness, it’s very sweet, and at the same time very rye-heavy. A pretty good mix from the nose alone.
Booker’s packs on the flavor. It reminds me of Thomas H. Handy with the rye toned down slightly. It’s very big . . . and sweet. Not for the bourbon amateur. Despite sharing a pedigree with other Jim Beam products, there’s a heck of a lot more going on with this whiskey than the others.
Just like with Handy, the finish is long and warming.
Rating & Recommendations
I really like Booker’s, but I don’t rate it quite as high as many of my fellow bloggers. I give it a solid rating of 85 out of 100.
I don’t usually like to add water to bourbon, as you would some Scotches, as I feel it takes away more of the flavor. With Booker’s, you might feel the need to.
I have to say that although I don’t share all the same opinions with my Uncle Chris, I respect his taste in whiskey, and Booker’s is evidence of that.