Booker’s Bourbon just released its first batch of the 2022 Collection … Booker’s Batch 2022-01, also called “Ronnie’s Batch.”
A statement from the distiller notes that this batch is named in honor of Ronnie Land, a longtime employee at the Jim Beam Clermont and Boston, Kentucky plants back when Booker Noe was master distiller.
Ronnie worked at Jim Beam for 40 years, eventually working his way up to warehouse manager. Ronnie was responsible for keeping inventory of aging barrels, a key part of the bourbon-making process, and he knew the quantities and locations by heart.
He also knew exactly where Booker preferred to store his namesake barrels and was trusted to prepare the samples for batch evaluation.
The statement goes on to explain that once, Ronnie sent Booker a box of small samples to taste, and Booker immediately knew they weren’t big enough to get a proper sense of the whiskey.
Ronnie then went back and prepared samples that were notably bigger, and Booker was more than pleased. This became the standard sample size which seventh-generation Master Distiller Fred Noe and his son, eight-generation Beam Family Distiller Freddie Noe, still use to this day.
Booker always had final sign off when it came to batches, but he knew he was working with barrels that met his standards when they were under Ronnie’s watchful eye.
Like all batches of Booker’s Bourbon, Booker’s “Ronnie’s Batch” was selected by Fred Noe to ensure it upholds what’s described as the qualities and standards that his dad set for Booker’s Bourbon more than 30 years ago. Uncut and unfiltered, this batch was chosen with the following characteristics:
- PROOF: 124.3
- AGE: 6 years, 11 months, and 22 days
- BATCH NOTES: Booker’s “Ronnie’s Batch” has a rich vanilla aroma with hints of brown spice enjoyable even before the first sip. It has a sweet taste that comes from the time spent aging in the Kentucky climate. It has a warm and pleasant finish.
Booker’s “Ronnie’s Batch” is available nationwide in June in limited quantities with a suggested retail price of $89.99 for a 750mL bottle.
Booker’s Bourbon comes from a 200-year-old family tradition. Booker Noe, Jim Beam’s grandson and sixth-generation master distiller, first created Booker’s Bourbon as a Christmas gift for close friends and family.
Booker took barrels found in the center-cut of the rack house, and bottled the bourbon straight-from-the-barrel.
Each batch of the 2022 collection will be released in limited quantities featuring a unique label and batch name honoring Booker Noe, his love of family and his spirit of experimentation.
For more information on Booker’s, check out www.BookersBourbon.com.
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