It was just two short months ago we covered the announcement of Booker’s Bourbon Batch No 2014-6, the second to last batch of this popular bourbon for 2014. Now Batch 2015-1 has just been announced, and what’s particularly cool about it is special labeling on the bottling honoring its namesake Booker Noe and his legacy as the so-called “father of small batch bourbon.”
Booker’s Bourbon, Batch 2015-1, is nicknamed “Big Man, Small Batch.” It features a custom label “inspired by the iconic visual of Booker sipping bourbon in his rocking chair with his dog, Dot, by his side.” It is part of the inaugural batch of a limited edition collection celebrating Noe, so other bottlings following this one will feature other labels inspired by Noe’s love of “bourbon, family and the spirit of experimentation.”
This specific bourbon, bottled straight from the barrel, was pulled from barrels centrally stored in several different rack houses that were filled between January and October of 2007 and clocks in at a hefty 128.7 proof. Its total age is a little over seven years and, like other editions, is picked by Fred Noe and an advisory group of “top whiskey experts, enthusiasts and writers” dubbed “Booker’s Bourbon Roundtable.”
For those unfamiliar with Booker’s Bourbon, it is a small batch offering from Jim Beam that’s inspired by “a 200-year-old family tradition and came to life when Booker Noe selected the first bottles of Booker’s as holiday gifts for his friends and family.” Average retail price seems to be around $60, but before you buy from a specific retailer you should check with them first to see which specific batch they have in stock. Tasting notes for this newest release are below:
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