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This is a review of batch # C04-J-19. This bottle is 40% full and has been opened for a year. Last year it was like everybody is saying. Well... You know... An incredibly bold bourbon with a load of rye spices and red fruits surfing on a big alcohol wave. Of course there was also some nutty notes and caramel but as good as it was, it was not even close to be at complex at it is right now.
The nose is now a bit tame. The alcohol is not as present as it was neither are the rye spices. But don't get me wrong, it still is big and bold, but with more depth to it. To his old nose you add cinnamon both the sugary and the hot types, nutmeg, mint, rose water and lavender. Unbelievable!
Let me tell you the palate is not tame at all. The greeting... The SLAPPING is in your face... and the burning in your throat. The rye spices are back in front with the nuts and then the floral notes and the sugary cinnamon are coming back to give you a long and beautifull finish.
I choose to do a review because I didn't expect such a big ABV bourbon like Booker to change that much with oxygen in a year. And I surely didn't expect to find this mixed of rose water, lavender and sugary cinnamon with nutmeg that I am so found of. It was already a 90 bourbon, but I Have to give it 4 more points for this new depth and finish. So as good as it is from a freshly uncorked bottle, I encourage all of you to take your time and have a go at a year opened bottle. I know. I know. It's gona be tough to wait for it... but try or.... have a friend doing it for you.