Thursday, March 10, 2016

Bourbon Review: Booker's

Where do you start with Booker's?  This may have been the catalyst that drew Billy Hill into this whole world of Kentucky bourbon.  Maybe it lit a fire in his soul, or maybe it just drew out his Kentucky roots but, here we go . . . .

Billy Hill lives in a small college town with quite an ample supply of Beverage-Alcohol Retail Stores (BARS).  Billy Hill was going through some hard times a while back and a good buddy stopped by to visit.  They walked down the road to a local bar and ordered up a Guinness on tap.  The next round they decided to hit a bourbon.  Billy Hill ha been dabbling in it a bit and so, they gave it a shot.  The bar tender asked if she could make a recommendation and we said "sure".  She pulled out a 7 year Booker's and poured what Billy Hill felt was quite a stingy pour.  He raised it to his lips and as the snort rolled down the back of his tongue and into his belly, Billy Hill knew he had just fallen in love.  The two guys visited for a little while longer and then walked across the street to the local liquor store and the each walked out with a box of a bottle of Booker's under their arms and a $65 lighter wallet.

Booker's is a bit of a unique and rarity.  The founder of this jewel, Booker Noe was a sixth-generation master distiller who grew up at a distillery in the heart of Kentucky. He was born to bourbon. While others rejoiced to drink bourbon at age 21, Booker was thrilled to start making the stuff.
In 1992, Booker introduced the world to small batch bourbon. He actually coined the term “small batch.” With it came his own signature bourbon, Booker's® True Barrel Bourbon. Inspired by a 200-year-old tradition, Booker's® is bottled uncut and unfiltered.  You can find the batches ranging from about 124-128 Proof.  And yes it is hot, but at the same time quite smooth.

You can read about the current batch and the upcoming batches by clicking on the picture above.

Interestingly, Booker's is presently distilled and bottled by James B Beam.  And even more interesting is that their new spokes person at James B Beam is none other than Mila Kunis.  And why does that matter?  Well Billy Hill has a soft spot for Ms. Mila Kunis.  Traveling through the LA airport one evening on his way home from trying to strike a deal with EBAY, Billy Hill was pulled out of the security line for extra screening and was told to lean against the wall until an agent was ready for him.  Moments later a few other people joined Billy Hill on this wall.  Being the social butterfly that he is, Billy Hill turned to talk to the young fellow next to him and low and behold, it turned out to be Macaulay Culkin.  Well, this was during the whole Michael Jackson shake up thing so Billy Hill took care to keep his mouth shut but as he looked past Macaulay, there leaning against the wall was the absolutely beautiful Mila Kunis.  Billy Hill didn't have anything prepared for this moment and all he had was some EBAY pajamas he had purchased at the EBAY for his young offspring number 2.  Well, Mila did autograph them for old Billy Hill.  And now, she is the spokesperson for old James B. Beam.

But back to Booker's, grab you a bottle of it, if you can get something from Batch No 2013-6, it is Billy Hill's favorite but, he has enjoyed is 2015-2 batch as well.

Billy Hill here, I like it neat