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Booker's 6yrs 1mo

Two Father's Day Booker's - Part I of II

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@talexanderReview by @talexander

18th Jun 2018


Booker's 6yrs 1mo
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I've had a wonderful Father's Day so far - Pam made me breakfast, then I took Maggie to see Incredibles 2, then a scotch tasting at The Caledonian followed by dinner, and now I've decided to end the day with two different batches of Booker's, followed by a cigar. How lucky am I?

This is the export batch of their first release of 2017, aged six years one month.

The colour is a deep caramel. Rich and fruity on the nose with herbal notes (mint, sage), blackberry compote, balsamic, burnt toffee and wet cigar. Black Twizzlers. Demerara sugar. Bread pudding. Chocolate pudding. Water brings out wet campfire and BBQ back ribs. Slightly less volume than some Booker's batches I've had, but still packs a wallop.

Lots of zing on the palate with more brown sugar, maple walnut, black coffee and more herbs. Almond skins. Hickory. Charred oak with thick wood smoke. The alcohol heat is not as strong as you might think. Thick mouthfeel. Water brings out huge spice with mouth-pulling tannins. Classic Booker's.

The finish is very oaky with bovril, freshly ground black pepper, cayenne and liquorice all-sorts. This is a great batch of Booker's that is never overpowering - rich, spicy, oaky and full of character. Absolutely scrumptious - so let's see how the next bottling compares?

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paddockjudge commented


Incredibles II and Booker's? That is one heck of a great Father's Day... the rest is just frills.

Well done!

6 years ago 1Who liked this?

RianC commented

Sounds like a great day all round @talexander :) Thanks for the review, pretty sure the one you've reviewed is the same as the bottle sat in my stash - good to know my little indulgence a while back will bear tasty fruit!

6 years ago 1Who liked this?

cricklewood commented

@talexander sounds like a great father's day, nice review is it possible to get the name of this batch? Do you find these savory notes (coffee, bovril, cayenne, herbs) to be typical of Bookers?

6 years ago 0

talexander commented

@cricklewood I do find them typical of Booker's. For me, the biggest variable between batches is how powerful the oak is. Also, the export batches (that have "E" in the number, like this one) don't have names attached to them.

6 years ago 0

cricklewood commented

@talexander thank you for the info on the Booker's batches, I really enjoy that savory type profile especially in a bourbon and if it's a pretty regular occurrence I might start seriously thinking of acquiring a bottle.

6 years ago 0

Nozinan commented

@cricklewood Booker's is an excellent bourbon. Overshadowed by the hype of Stagg, Stagg Jr, ECBP et al, but a fantastic specimen. One of my favourite batches was 2015-01.

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