Booker's Bourbon Batch 2017-04 Sip Awhile Review
All Booker's is good, but this is a middle-of-the-pack batch.
Type: Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Distillery: Jim Beam Distilling
Age: 6yrs, 8mos, 14 days
Price Paid: $59.99
Bronze, or a deep amber
It's 128 proof, so I highly recommend pouring this and letting it sit for a bit before nosing this pour. If you dive right in, it'll light your nose on fire with ethanol burn. Once it opens up a bit, that fades and the scents come out. Beyond the wood and cinnamon that you expect, there's a sweet, syrupy honey scent. It's really quite nice. I expected this to be harsh all the way through, but it's sweeter than expected.
This one is hot, but it stays relatively smooth for such a strong pour. All I can focus on beyond the spice is clove and charred sugar. There's the slightest hint of mint, but it vanishes before you can really savor it. The heat is ever-present throughout this one, and for me it's right on the edge of enjoyable and overpowering.
As you'd expect, the finish on this burns pretty well and lasts for quite a bit. It leaves a pleasant tingling on your lips and throat long after the liquid is gone.
This is a good pour, but there is nothing that really sets it apart. Bourbon near 130 proof is anything but standard, but those options typically have some sort of surprising flavor element that just never showed with this one. I'm a Booker's fan, and I'll enjoy this bottle, but it's a middle-of-the-pack batch for me within this line. If you can find it at $59 like I did (thank you to The Bottle Shop), you won't regret it, but I wouldn't drop $89 or $99 on this bottle.