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Booker's 2015-1, 7yrs 2mo 16days
Nose: Cherries, wood, and barrel strength alcohol. Searching deeper brings out orange candies, some sour citrus, and black pepper.
Taste: A forest of oak and maple. Young leather, like a freshly cleaned saddle. There is a burn, but not a smooth one that comes with finer or older bourbons. I prefer to tame it with a dash of water. The water thins the sweet syrup I typically associate with Booker's, but brightens the palate with more cherries, chocolate, and vanilla.
Finish: This batch sticks with you. A great finish full of wood and spice.
Balance: Sometimes the whole can be greater than the sum of its parts. There are flaws in this batch, but each segment works with the others and brings a rare harmony.
Final Thoughts: This is a great bourbon and worthy of the late Booker Noe. The only batch I've had of this quality is the 25th Anniversary. It isn't perfect, but it is one of the best bourbon's of 2015.