Booker Noe, the grandson of Jim Beam, was a 6th-gen master distiller who grew up at a distillery in the heart of Kentucky. He was born to bourbon. While others rejoiced to drink bourbon at age 21, Booker was thrilled to start making the stuff.
In 1992, Booker introduced the world to small batch bourbon, and this bourbon as actually produced via the Jim Beam distillery. By coining the term “small batch”, he came up with his own signature bourbon. The batch that we sampled this week is aged 6-7 years, comes with a cask strength about of 63% Vol. , which equals to 130 Proof and is a true American Bourbon with a kick!
On the pour, there is a very rich deep amber and brown-orange color, that we tend to lean towards, which builds the anticipation of smell and taste.
During the pour and after plunging our nostrils into the snifters, there is a big, yet smooth aroma that begins the make the pallet water. Hints of the sweetness of brown sugar, molasses and honey, there is a fragrant reminder of citrus fruit, banana and wood smoked cedar.
Taking it in over the pallet, we are immediately met with an intense and appreciated kick in the taste buds, which culminates in a cherry, mulled berries, yet spicy, or even slightly pepper taste. There is an observable dryness from the quick absorption and evap of the alcohol base and it lends itself to bring more of the smokiness and wood flavor. A prominent taste of a thicker and smoky aperitif/liqueur.
The Finish and Linger
The finish after the full swallow brings out the warm tingles and lingers with a quick heat that stays around for a good while. The aftertaste has a rich nuttiness with a roundabout to the smoked cedar and molasses and has hints of sweet corn.
Tanner's score: 94
Josh's score: 96
LMAW Grade: 95
Double Gold Medal. — SF Wine and Spirits Competition