Booker's "Kitchen Table" Bourbon Emerges As Final 2018 Bottling - The Whiskey Wash

Booker’s “Kitchen Table” Bourbon Emerges As Final 2018 Bottling

By Nino Marchetti / December 21, 2018

The premium bourbon label from Beam Suntory that’s known as Booker’s Bourbon has been a productive one this year, releasing the standard mix of high octane American whiskeys and also a special 30th edition expression. Now, as 2018 slowly draws to a close, Batch 2018-4 has arrived with the name of “Kitchen Table.”

Booker’s Bourbon Batch 2018-4 “Kitchen Table” (image via Beam Suntory)

Booker’s Bourbon Batch 2018-4 “Kitchen Table,” according to those behind it, is the fourth and final bourbon to released under the Booker’s label this year. It is, like the other Booker’s whiskeys, a monster of an uncut bottling at 128 proof. It is 6 years, 8 months and 7 days old, being “produced on three different production dates and stored in six different locations.” The breakdown of what came from where in the various Beam aging warehouses is as follows:

  • 7% came from the 4th floor of 9-story warehouse E
  • 14% came from the 5th floor of 9-story warehouse E
  • 4% came from the 6th floor of 9-story warehouse E
  • 24% came from the 5th floor of 9-story warehouse J
  • 44% came from the 6th floor of 9-story warehouse J
  • 7% came from the 6th floor of 9-story warehouse D

Like all other batches which have come before it, a nickname is assigned to this release. As Beam master distiller Fred Noe explained in a prepared statement “the fourth and final batch of Booker’s Bourbon for 2018 is called ‘Kitchen Table,’ named after one of my dad’s favorite places.  There, Dad liked to read the newspaper, tinker with his projects, and notably, it’s where he gathered our family and friends to help him select batches of his namesake whiskey. It’s special for me to name this batch after a place that was so important to Dad and the creation of Booker’s as we know it today.”

Plans call for Batch 2018-4 to price for at least $70 for a 750 ml bottle. You’ll find some official limited tasting notes below for your consideration.

  • Taste: Deep and complex flavors of vanilla, nuts and oak.
  • Aroma: Robust vanilla and caramel notes; slightly smoky.
  • Finish: Long and full; perfect for easygoing sipping.
About the author

Nino Marchetti

Nino Marchetti is the founder and editor-in-chief 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.