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Booker's Bourbon Blue Knights Batch

$70.00

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8

Whiskey Review: Booker’s Bourbon Blue Knights Batch

Tasting Notes:

About:
63.7% ABV, aged a minimum six years, three months in new charred oak, $70-75/bottle Color: rich, deep copper
Appearance:
Nose:
syrupy cooked dark fruit, berry pie filling. With water, caramel leaps to the front, along with vanilla and powdered sugar. Dusty wood is in the background.
Palate:
toasted grain on the front of the palate, followed by creme brulee, wood, and allspice. Burnt sugar on the finish, followed by wood. Sturdy, pleasantly sticky texture.
Finish:
Comments:
Like other Booker’s expressions, this is a really well-executed bourbon, with a nice whisper of grainy/nutty complexity rounding out an otherwise straightforward caramel-vanilla flavor profile. Booker’s completionists certainly won’t be disappointed with this release.rnrnOn the other hand, the price increase, even the relatively modest one implemented after the public revolted, still irks me. It’s a good bourbon; it’s not, in my book, a $75 bourbon.

Booker’s recently released their second 2017 batch, this one dubbed the “Blue Knights Batch” in honor of the Blue Knights motorcycle club, a group of motorcycle enthusiasts who are also active or retired police officers. The story is that Booker Noe was once invited to a Blue Knights rally, where he decided to invite all 300 participants to his place for lunch the next day. Improbably, the family managed to procure a barbecue lunch for the huge crowd, and it became an annual Memorial Day tradition.

Beam-Suntory, Booker’s’ parent company, landed in trouble with consumers last year after doubling the price to almost $100 a bottle. They quickly backpedaled, implementing a smaller price increase to around $70 for 2017. At the same time, citing supply constraints, they decreased the number of annual releases from six to four.

Like other Booker’s releases, Blue Knights Batch is a blend of straight bourbons from different batches. The website gives us this breakdown of where each barrel came from:

2% came from the 4th floor of 7-story warehouse ONE
38% came from the 7th floor of 9-story warehouse D
33% came from the 4th floor of 9-story warehouse F
27% came from the 6th floor of 9-story warehouse J

These are all whiskeys aged six years (well, six years, three months, and six days, to be exact) or more.

Usually, I try to taste barrel proof whiskeys first neat, then with water, but 63.7% ABV is so eye-wateringly hot I didn’t do that here, instead skipping straight to the water-added step.

Tasting notes: Booker’s Bourbon Blue Knights Batch

Vital stats: 63.7% ABV, aged a minimum six years, three months in new charred oak, $70-75/bottle

Color: rich, deep copper

Nose: syrupy cooked dark fruit, berry pie filling. With water, caramel leaps to the front, along with vanilla and powdered sugar. Dusty wood is in the background.

Palate: toasted grain on the front of the palate, followed by creme brulee, wood, and allspice. Burnt sugar on the finish, followed by wood. Sturdy, pleasantly sticky texture.

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