Country: United States
Distillery: James B. Beam Distilling Co. Clermont,KY
Bottler: James B. Beam Distilling Co. Clermont,KY
Distillation Date: Unknown
Style: Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bottling Date: Unknown
Alcohol: 121 to 129 proof
Price: ~ $50.00 USD / 750ml
Behind The Booze:
I never thought that I would end up being a guy who drank Bourbon – there isn’t anything against it but being a rum or beer guy most of my life, Bourbon always seemed to be that bottle collecting dust rather than something I would reach for first. After talking to a few people on twitter about different or unique whiskeys out there, someone mentioned that Bookers Bourbon was one of their personal favorites. This uncut, unfiltered, straight from the barrel bourbon is a natural proof bourbon ranging from 121 to 128 and has usually been resting for six to eight years. Now most of the time I don’t drop $50 bucks on something that some random on twitter had mentioned – but with this I figured, what the hell. Am I happy or disappointed with that decision?
The story goes that Booker Noe – Jim Beam’s grandson and master distiller – personally hand selects each barrel that will be used in the production of Bookers Bourbon. They place these barrels in the very center of the rackhouse – the one location where the temperature and humidity combines in the best possible proportions to help with creating some of the ‘best bourbon available.’ 1988 is when Booker Noe introduced his own signature bourbon – the Bookers True Barrel Bourbon which was inspired by a 200-year-old tradition – straight from the barrel, uncut and unfiltered. The reason for this creation was not to hit the shelves and generate profit, but rather as a holiday gift for his special friends. Lets see if the marketing hype and twitter recommendations give way to a great Bourbon or if its all just a great story.