A review of Booker’s Small Batch Bourbon by Jason Pyle of SourMashManifesto.com
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Author: Jason Pyle
excellent review, greetings from Brazil.
Great review Jason.
I had bad day at work. Came home and have had a snort or Pappy 12, Old Forester Birthday, and am now finishing with Bookers… My day is much better. All 3 are just fantastic.
Evaporation of water can cause the ABV to increase. This is especially true for aggressively aged whiskeys in upper regions of the warehouse. Rest assured that it was not put in the barrel higher than 125, but evaporation increases it. George T. Stagg can be above 70%!
bookers is a great bourbon love the proof and vanilla brown sugary dominace
Just tasting C07-B-7
65.4% 130.8 Proof
Damn fine whiskey, but I fear I may have to wrestle with it a bit!
I only had batch:co2-a-18. standard in old days. And we get so match water cutting and filtering. This glides down your throat. Its so easy to drink you will notice days later how thirsty for water you are. . I read too batches very but could not pinpoint what numbers have leather Tobacco notes. mine did not. dam! E Craig 12 too oaky. Regular beam the harsh bite. Taste is lots smooth tannins. vanilla. suger, spice. I read you can light it on fire but it all gone now. Smell Huge Heather/Vanillia
Wonderful video! My wife brought some back from Louisville for me last week. It’s the first time that I’ve had it. I tried it neat first too but it was a little overpowering (I should have allowed more time like you suggested for it to open up). I love how it is so complex and not too oaky. Prior to this, Bulleit was my favorite bourbon but I understand that this one is is in a much greater league. Anyway, I’ve subscribed to your channel. Keep up the great work!
@medpatch357 It’s a beast.
I had been wondering about this Bourbon for a while. Knob Creek came out with a new product line called “single barrel” versus “small batch” and it weighs in at 120 proof; pretty close to Booker’s but at a cheaper cost. It’s also older at 9 years. Have you tried Knob’s new entry? If so, how would it compare to Booker’s?
Enjoyed your review; thanks for posting.
Hi Jason. Of all the Bourbon’s I’ve had ‘Down Under’; I rate them in this order. 1.Booker Noe 2.Elijah Craig SB 18yo 3.Woodford Reserve (Batch 27) 4.Russell’s Reserve SB 10 yo 5.Elijah Craig 12yo, Maker’s Mark etc. Of all these, Booker’s strikes me as being a bit different from the others as if Booker knew something the others didn’t. I understand that this question is slightly vague, but can you shed any light on what I’m experiencing? Is there any Bourbon similar to Booker’s? Thanks in advance
Booker’s old fashioned. Trust me.
i have found that bourbons dont benefit from water like single malt scotchs do…but i bet this needs a little drop @ over 60% !!!
I mix it with Coke, am I insane?
Well done! I liked the history. I rinsed and sent a bottle of Knob Creek Select into the bottling line at the Jim Beam Distillery last week. We visited 9 distilleries and JB was in the top 2 (With Buffalo Trace). I’ll pick up a bottle of Booker’s and sip it while watching your review again. Thanks for your review.
Wonderful bourbon that should only be sipped neat. I add a couple of drops of water. Not for the faint of heart!
glad you brought up the water issue… bourbons i have found don’t really benefit from water… as apposed to a single malt scotch.. hmmm i bet this one need a little bit though at that ABV !! just subscribed…
@falcon048 Please check my website, sourmashmanifesto-dot-com (cannot write links in comments). Search under Knob Creek. I did a written review. I liked Booker’s better.
Great review Jason. Bookers is my favorite bourbon. I have been buying it since I was 23, and I’m 41 now. The only bourbon I like equally is Knob Creek Single Barrel, Blanton’s and Pappy. Bookers edges them out in my opinion. I just really prefer the taste of Bookers. I do hear what you are saying about the inconsistency from batch to batch. Usually I add two ice cubes and let it breathe for 10 to 15 min. Thanks for the great reviews all around!
Jason, I’m confused.. My bottle of bookers says Kentucky straight bourbon but has an ABV of 65%. I thought straight whiskey couldn’t go into the barrel at a higher ABV than 62.5%.. Am I missing something?
My bottle is on order to my local store.
Is that a screw on cap?
I enjoy this bourbon very much straight and sometimes on the rocks (thats where I get my splash of water)…Never use it for a manhatten as it is too good to mix
@severecracker No it’s a cork stopper.