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Review: Booker’s Bourbon “Bardstown Batch” 2021-03 and “Noe Strangers Batch” 2021-04

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We wrap up 2021 with a take a look at the ultimate two particular version expressions of Booker’s Bourbon for the yr, 2021-03 and 2021-04. Let’s see how they evaluate.

Booker’s Bourbon “Bardstown Batch” 2021-03 – Aged 6 years, 5 months, 0 days; named for apparent inspiration. The nostril right here is toasty however not overt with char, letting sweeter notes of caramel, vanilla, and darkish chocolate do extra of the heavy lifting. It’s surprisingly mouth-watering as you tuck into the palate, the place a load of fruit — raspberry and cherry — leads the way in which. A bit sizzling on first blush, the whiskey shortly floods the senses with extra chocolate and vanilla, plus a contact of cola. A little bit of an natural pop lingers on the end, together with a bit of pink pepper that takes you on a pleasant little journey from candy to warmth. A favourite expression on this now epic lineup. 125.5 proof. A

Booker’s Bourbon “Noe Strangers Batch” 2021-04 – Aged 6 years, 6 months, 12 days; and a sign that Booker’s could also be working low on product names. The nostril right here is woodier and beefier, a extra frontier-style expertise with a fats grind of black pepper and a few gentle hints of sharp acetone. The palate is significantly muddier, providing notes of bacon fats and recent barrel char, only a contact of darkish chocolate including at the very least a nod of sweetness. Pungent and fairly savory, it is a burly, palate-toughening expertise that feels far boozier than it really is – although late into the end a touch of some candied fruit components present at the very least a glimpse of what might’ve been. (Tasted aspect by aspect with 2021-03 and it was no contest.) 124.4 proof. B

every $90 / bookersbourbon.com

Booker’s Bourbon “Bardstown Batch” 2021-03

$90

Score


9.5/10

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