Booker's Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Booker's

Kentucky Straight

(0.75l, 63.25%)


7.4/10
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$65.99
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They say this is a sledgehammer Bourbon. It is. Bam!
 
Booker’s Bourbon is one of the small batch, cask strength (63,25% Vol.) Bourbons produced by the Jim Beam distillery. 
 
Booker Noe (Jim Beam's grandson) originally bottled this straight-from-the-barrel bourbon as gifts to close friends and family, but eventually made it available to the general public. Each barrel of Booker's bourbon was hand-selected by Noe and was aged at the center of the rackhouse, where the company says that the temperature and humidity are the most favourable for fine Bourbons. 
 
Tasting Notes
 
Appearance / Colour
Smoky deep amber orange.
 
Smell / Nose / Aroma
Huge but soft. Vanilla, honey, molasses, orange, tropical fruits, black banana and spice. Meaty aroma and cedar.
 
Flavour / Taste / Palate
Massive and intense. Spicy, sweet - almost liqueur like and hot. Blackberry and burnt sugar. Oak, then dryness (tannin, tobacco). 
 
Finish
Hot, long, spicy and intense. Almond, wood, corn, a touch of maple syrup, pepper.
 
Comment
While it is not necessary to cut the bourbon with water, a splash or two of distilled water is recommended (by Booker Noe) to unlock some of the flavour.

Flavour spiral
Rye, spicy, orange, oak, sweet, vanilla, black cherry, smoky, syrup. 
 

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  • Style
    Bourbon
  • Region
    Kentucky
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
    63.25%
  • Distillery
    James B. Beam Distilling Co.
  • Bottler
    James B. Beam Distilling Co.
  • Age
    6-8 Year Old
  • Chill Filtered?
    No

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Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of Booker's Kentucky Straight Bourbon
anonymous
Great flavor, the perfect spirit for an old fashioned.
Erskine
Very smooth
Armand
If you like the smoky taste of scotch, you'll look love this. Personally I still prefer the smoother wheated Bourbons -
anonymous
I love the smoothness of Booker's. It really is amazing how gentle it is considering the high proof that it carries. It really is worth the extra expense of the bottle, and if you are a Bourbon lover as I am, I heartily recommend Booker Noe for a great sippin Whiskey!
John
If you like Jim Beam Black Label, this exemplifies that style. For the money, I usually just go with JB Black over Booker's.
Eric
One of the best cask strength bourbons I have ever had. Don't let the proof fool you, this one is still SMOOTH. You will know that it is cask strength for sure, but once you focus on it a bit, it is an amazing experience. Probably the best value in cask strength bourbons out there. Seriously, to me, it is better than some that are MUCH more expensive. One of my all time favorites.
Robert
Great Bourbon. Hard to drink Neat. Fantasist with a small cut of water or better with the rocks. Preferably 1 giant cube. Let it swirl for a minute or two and the water cut will actually bring out the true flavors. Those who mentioned they used this in a mix are a little off. You should never mix a premium Bourbon like this or premiums Bourbons at all. Mix something cheap. I don't go as cheap as Jim Beam but my go to Mix is the handle of Old Forrester. You can grab a handle of it for $20-$25. Fanatics for a simple old fashion or sour. For the ladies, makes a great Manhattan.
Deja
Definitely tastes 126 proof.
Andrew
Solid. One of my Go-To Bourbons.
Nolan
Really like this one. Nice cinnamon spice..go slow and easy, a great sipping spirit
Charles
Great flavor, hot and spicy
Israel
Way too strong for me.
Shane
My favorite of all!
Daniel
Strong nose, and smooth finish considering its uncut and unfiltered. Robust taste without being overpowering.
Nicholas
Very harsh.
Bob
Deep, smooth and soothing.
Tim
Delicious. Smooth. Great aftertaste. Fine bourbon. Highly recommend.
Chrisman
Surprisingly sweet and smooth for 60% alcohol. The fire is impossible to avoid, though. I've used it to make a Manhattan but substituting the Vermouth for Napa Valley Distillery Brandy Rouge (30% alcohol). Needless to say, it's very strong but so good.
Thomas
best bourbon I've ever tasted
Patrick
Got this as a gift and loved it. Strong but smooth
anonymous
Very smooth. Nose very mellow. Palate Oakey.
anonymous
Smooth smokey buttery
Scott
Was just too strong for me straight. I've heard of others using it in a Manhattan. Haven't tried that, but a good taste if not for very high ABV
John
Very spicy, very strong, but still smooth. Would suggest to someone who is familiar with bourbons and wants to try something a little more finely crafted than your average bottle.
anonymous
Spicy, smooth. One of my favorites.
anonymous
Awesome!
William
Unbelievable
Maurizio
Perfect Cask Strength Bourbon. Smooth for over 63%. Sweet start and long lasting finish. No bitter end. Great
anonymous
I've bought a bottle for myself after tasting it at my favorite bar. Luckily enough, my bottle was from another batch so that I could taste and compare two different batch Bookers whisky.
Brandon
My favorite old fashioned!
anonymous
"Noe Secret" batch 2015-06. Strong in vanilla, caramel and pipe tobacco.
anonymous
Best cask strength for money.
Aleksandr
Hot and spicy, even when cut with equal amour of water
Jacob
Peanut Butter!
anonymous
Best bourbon i've ever tasted.
Martin
I think the vanilla and caramel flavors are matched by the citrus and pepper. Delicious in-spite of the high ABV. Let rest in the glass for twenty minutes for more of the flavors to step out to the front and middle of the taste beyond the heat.
anonymous
Is good
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