(Barrel Proof, Batch #2014-01): Booker's 25th is a limited release celebrating the 25th anniversary of the commercial release of Booker's. Booker's was the mastermind of Fredrick Booker Noe II, who was Jim Beam’s grandson. Bookers served as the master distiller at Jim Beam from 1965 until 1992, where he then worked as an ambassador for the company until his death in 2004. For the 25th Anniversary, the bourbon was barreled in January of 2003 and was extra aged, being pulled after aging 10+ years. Around 1,000 cases of 25th Anniversary were produced for this limited edition run.
Dark amber color. Lots of alcohol upfront. Followed by toasted wood, light traces of nuts and coffee. A strong blast of the sugars from the wood hits you the moment you take a sip. Caramel and vanilla pop right out of this bourbon, along with a light woody taste. In addition to the sugar and wood, trace of citrus along the line of orange rinds. The palate quickly morphs into a nice long finish.
Uniqueness- Barreled just before the death of Fred Noe II, the extra 4+ years in the aging warehouse treated this bourbon well. Much like the Booker's 10th anniversary release, Booker's 25th is a special one off release from the Beam Family. Once these bottles are gone, they’re gone for good…until the next commemorative anniversary bottling comes along.
*Although not common, wax may crack during shipping