Booker’s Bourbon

February 19, 2012 · Posted in Drinks 

I’m not as big of a bourbon geek as I am a cigar geek (is that even a thing?) but I knew about Booker’s long before I ever drank it. My first exposure to Booker’s was in a Mint Julep and I loved it in that setting. The sweetness of the mint and the boldness of the bourbon was a wonderful combination.

But then, for whatever reason, I forgot about it for a couple of years. Fortunately, I saw some Booker’s at a local liquor store (one of those big chains and not some podunk place around the corner with hooch) and had to give this bourbon a try without the addition of mint.

Before I start, here’s a little introduction from Sour Mash Manifesto:

Booker Noe was Jim Beam’s grandson. He was also the master distiller at his grandfather’s namesake operation for 40+ years until his death in 2004. In 1987, Booker introduced what is now one of Jim Beam’s flagship products, Booker’s Bourbon. Named after the man himself, this massive bourbon is aged on the 5th and 6th floors of a nine-story aging warehouse, which is the “heart” of the facility. It’s an uncut, unfiltered, barrel proof bourbon. This means the barrels are hand selected, batched, and then bottled with no additional water or chill filtration, allowing all of the flavor carriers in the bourbon to remain. Booker Noe wanted this bourbon to be pretty darn pure and unadulterated. Mission accomplished.

This particular bottle I’m drinking out of is 128.6 proof (64.3% ABV). The smell (which is my inarticulate way of saying “nose”) of this bourbon is fruity with spice. It smells like there is a ton of stuff going on in that golden amber liquid.

Going in the Booker’s has some fleeting fruity sweetness but that is soon subsumed by pepper and woody notes. There is a lot more going on with this bourbon than I can adequately describe but I can tell you what my personal impression of this cigar is: It’s awesome. And it’s strong – duh.

Strength is, I think, what draws some people to this bourbon and scares others away. But don’t let that blind you to what may be one of the best bourbons you will ever drink. To me, the strength isn’t overpowering and the flavors are extremely bold and they last forever.

Now the question about what cigar would work well with this bourbon. I’d go with a very good, equally strong cigar with amazing flavors. Immediately, the Fausto Avion 11 comes to mind. It’s very strong but what’s really great about this cigar is that the flavors are extremely robust and tend towards the spicy. An amazing cigar for an amazing bourbon makes an ideal pairing.

That is pretty much it. I apologize for not being able to go deeper into the intricacies of this wonderful bourbon but I can tell you one thing: You have to try this bourbon.


One Response to “Booker’s Bourbon”

  1. nike air max on August 20th, 2014 12:00 am

    Factors To Weigh When Buying Soccer Jerseys To Get The Top DealsIt is an important factor for a sporting fan to associate with the club that they support and prefer. Therefore, it is critical to ensure that one acquires soccer jerseys which are readily available in the market, at the best prices when bought in wholesale.One should purchase the right kind of outfit in terms of its fitting, quality of material used and the color. Uniforms used by the players are in most cases bought from clothing lines which index them in relation to their brand, dimensions used or in terms of grouping or players.These sporting teams are found in different settings and these include colleges, clubs, local schools and leagues, where each one of them has their own uniform. These teams also have various categories of these outfits, such as those for playing home matches and away matches.Some of the fans would like to be associated with a certain team, but they may not have a lot of money to spend on buying the outfits. Therefore, they do not have to buy the authentic uniforms since there are duplicates which they can buy, which are of high quality.For those who do not have a lot of money to spend, they do not have to buy the original uniforms, but they can settle for buying outfits that look similar to the originals. One of the reasons as to what many people like to choose an identical uniform is because they become obsolete once the season is over. The other alternative is shopping online, where numerous stores have great seasonal deals that one can actually take advantage of.The internet provides a platform where fans can actually share their opinions with other fans about their preferred and favorite outfits before buying them. In these social sites, one is informed of the issues to look at in upcoming events in the market. Some of the stores attract customers by offering free shipments to those who buy in bulk therefore, it is at all times advisable to look for those offers.Some of retail stores and online shops offer coupon discounts to the purchasing individuals, who in response take advantage of them to purchase at low price. It is recommended that one signs up for newsletters from manufacturers or from stores dealing in sport wears, to be aware of products on discounts that one needs to own. It is also good when one looks for updates of the products and discounts offered from other Medias like newspapers.The reason why one needs to dig deeper is to get the details about the different types of outfit that are in the market before purchasing one. There are some stores in the market which specialize in selling a particular team’s soccer jerseys at affordable prices. It is important to note the uniforms are changed quickly therefore, one needs to know the best time to purchase them at low prices.

Leave a Reply