Booker’s Bourbon – Review

Booker's BourbonBooker’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

128 Proof

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.



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