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?