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Today's Booker's - obtained through the LCBO - is Batch No. 2016-01E. Strangely, it is not mentioned on the website (which mentions a Batch No. 2016-01 at 63.95%) Was this an errant batch that was secretly kicked up to Canada? Note that the bottle has been open for about a month or so.
The colour is a deep reddish copper. On the nose - careful, it'll blast you - juicy bubblegum, cherry compote, wet tobacco, crushed mint and charred oak. A big giant sawmill, plus the fireplace just went out - big woodsmoke. And smokier with water! Rich and beautiful.
On the palate - big alcohol, but behind that there are more cherries, plums, mouth-pulling tannins, huge oak and tons of fruit baked in the oven with cinnamon and cloves. Hotter and spicier - and more mouth-coating - with water. Fantastic.
The palate is long with lots of tobacco, spice and wet campfire. Booker's is my favourite Jim Beam product, and every batch continues to amaze. This is no exception!