Jim Beam’s top shelf brand, Booker’s, is ready to release the next name in their Batch Collection aptly titled “Bookers Bluegrass.” Booker Noe, the former Jim Beam master distiller who the bourbon is named for had a famous love of bluegrass music, another Kentucky export, and this batch is a fitting tribute.
“My Dad, Booker, created Booker’s Bourbon to be his version of the perfect whiskey — uncut and full of rich flavor,” said Fred Noe, Beam’s seventh-generation Master Distiller, in a statement. “‘Booker’s Bluegrass’ is a reflection of just that, and is a true testament to Dad’s larger-than-life personality. Whenever there was bluegrass music, he could be found dancing front-and-center or trying his hand at playing with the band.”
Like previous batch collection releases, each bottle sports a custom label featuring a banjo, one of the core instruments of bluegrass. It also includes information about the whiskey inside; it comes in at a mouth watering 127.9 Proof [63.95 ABV] and was aged 6 years and 11 months before being drawn from barrels that inhabited seven different rack houses. Tasting notes for the Bookers Bluegrass Batch Collection release are as follows, according to Jim Beam:
- Taste: Deep and complex flavors of vanilla, nuts and oak.
- Aroma: Robust vanilla and caramel notes; slightly smoky.
- Finish: Long and full; perfect for easygoing sipping.
Should you wish to track down a bottle of Bookers Bluegrass you’ll have to act pretty quickly as these releases are necessarily limited, however despite the small batch size you’ll only pay about $60 – $70 USD for a bottle. I personally have a bottle of their Oven Buster batch and it’s enjoyable to compare these releases against each other and against the standard release Booker’s bourbon. If you get your hands on a bottle, be sure to let us know how it stands up in the comments below.