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Booker’s Bourbon Debuts Second 2022 Cask Strength Whiskey

Jim Beam’s Booker’s Bourbon premium bourbon series keeps rolling through 2022 with its second release for the year – “The Lumberyard Batch.”

Booker’s Batch 2022-02, “The Lumberyard Batch,” according to those behind it, is “named in honor of the lumberyard that Booker Noe worked at during his pre-distillery years. While his journey to becoming a distiller wasn’t exactly a straight path, it led him to his true passion.

“After a short stint at the University of Kentucky, Booker hitch-hiked across America in hopes of joining the Air Force. After being accepted, the local police called his mom to verify his information. When Booker’s mom found out where he was, she convinced him to come home and work at the local lumberyard with Jeremiah Beam, also known as Uncle Jere. Booker was strong, over 6 feet tall and never backed away from physical labor of any kind, so he was a natural for the job. Booker gave 110 percent during his time at the lumberyard, which eventually landed him his first role working at the distillery. From then on, the rest was history.”

Booker's The Lumberyard Batch
Booker’s The Lumberyard Batch (image via Beam-Suntory)

“Since that first day, Booker held just about every job at the distillery and worked his way up to Master Distiller. Booker’s esteemed distilling career wasn’t given to him, he earned it. His experience at the lumberyard shaped the solid work ethic and curiosity he is known for.”

The Lumberyard Batch, like all other Booker’s offerings, clocks in at cask strength, this time being 124.8 proof. It is a bourbon that’s a little over seven years old, with official tasting notes mentioning “a beautiful amber color and deep aroma with a hint of vanilla and oak that opens its depth. It has a balanced taste with a bit of sweetness that leads to a pleasant finish.”

This bourbon, which is best enjoyed neat, over ice or with a few drops of water, comes available this month in limited quantities nationwide for around $90 per 750 ml bottle.

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the founder of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and provided tasting input on many whiskeys at competitions. He also maintains a large private collection of whiskey from which he continually educates his palate on this brown spirit type.

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