The third version for 2022 of the premium Booker’s Bourbon has arrived, clocking in at 126.5 proof and named Kentucky Tea Batch.
The new Booker’s Bourbon Batch 2022-03, Kentucky Tea Batch, according to those behind it, is so named because it is “named after Booker Noe’s signature drink, which he fondly referred to as Kentucky Tea. As one could imagine, Booker loved the flavor of bourbon, especially his namesake brand, Booker’s Bourbon. Since the flavor still pulls through when mixed with water, Booker would add one part bourbon to four parts water and enjoy his Kentucky Tea with dinner.
“One night, when a reporter was at Booker’s house for supper, he asked why he drank Kentucky Tea. Booker shared that there was no reason to flavor his water with tea leaves when he could flavor his water with bourbon. It was that simple – Kentucky Tea was his drink. He would drink it with a country ham or fish dinner and would talk about how the flavor notes of the Kentucky Tea was a perfect complement to the food.”
Like all other Booker’s before it, this bourbon is bottled uncut and unfiltered straight from the barrel. Aged 7 years, 4 months, and 14 days, limited official tasting notes suggest “a golden amber color and a dark, sweet vanilla aroma. It has a rich sweet vanilla taste with a lingering finish.”
Booker’s Bourbon Batch 2022-03, Kentucky Tea Batch, is priced around $90 per 750 ml bottle and now available nationwide in limited quantities. It is best enjoyed neat.
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