Latest Booker's Bourbon Batch Celebrates Small Town Where A Beam Distillery Popped Up - The Whiskey Wash

Latest Booker’s Bourbon Batch Celebrates Small Town Where A Beam Distillery Popped Up

By Nino Marchetti / July 29, 2020

Booker’s Bourbon, besides being about multiple releases over the year of an uncut and unfiltered version of higher end Beam bourbon, is also about celebrating aspects of the life of one time Jim Beam master distiller Booker Noe. Each release has a different theme and nickname to it, and for the second 2020 release the story focus shifts to the tiny community of Boston, Kentucky.

The new Booker’s Batch 2020-2 “Boston Batch,” according to those behind it, is named after the production site where Booker Noe first started his distilling career. More specifically, “the distillery, now renamed the Booker Noe Distillery, is located in the small community of Boston, Ky., and was purchased by the James B. Beam Distilling Co. in the early 1950’s as a second distilling location to increase production capability at the time.

Booker's Batch 2020-2 "Boston Batch"

Booker’s Batch 2020-2 “Boston Batch” (image via Beam-Suntory)

“Because Boston was removed from the day-to-day of our flagship Clermont, Ky. distillery, Booker was able to experiment with whiskey a bit more and really learn about bourbon-making process. Some may say this is where he found his love of experimentation.

“If you ever wanted to find Booker, Boston is where he’d be. That plant was his life for more than 40 years. His wife always said that Boston was Booker’s first baby, and Fred was his second.”

Backstory aside, Boston Batch is being released at 126.5 proof, having been aged 6 years, 3 months and 10 days. It is uncut and unfiltered, as previously mentioned, and prices around $90 per 750 ml bottle.

Limited official tasting notes for this bourbon indicate it “has a rich light brown color. The aroma contains vanilla, toasted nuts and hints of baking spices. The flavor is full and has a finish that can be enjoyed neat.”


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