Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Booker's Rating: 99

"I'm not going to lie that smells like pure gasoline." Those are the words that go through your head when you pull the wax  off the top of a bottle of Booker's. I guess I should have known to expect a stout bourbon when the guy working the cash register at the bottle store said I better buy some bottled water to go with it. 
Some background info is in order. I bought the Booker's because I am from a town called Booker. Hopefully they are marketing this stuff to more than just people from my hometown who think the novelty is just too good to pass up, even at $55 a bottle. 
Packaging: As you can see in the picture, it is rather plain looking. Apparently they used some sophisticated computers to make the label look hand written as though you might believe that these bottles are in such limited supply that someone hand wrote everything out. I might have been fooled, but I don't think anyone could write on the curve of a bottle that good. I must admit, I like the wood box it comes in. Some how it seems like if you spend over $50 on a bottle of bourbon they should include a box. Since I was giving this to my buddy as a graduation present, it made it easier to wrap. 

Taste
: The taste is very bold. So much so it almost burns your lips. I can't imagine trying to drink this without water. I have never spoken to anyone who has either. Or at least that enjoyed it that way. Its over 120 proof, and you feel every bit of it. Apparently this is "uncut" and not in a Jewish way, but rather they stuck a spout in the barrel, poured it in to the bottle, and stuck a wax top on it. 
I love this. Hands down my favorite bourbon. Several of us here at the the Review, consider Booker's to be the measure for all other bourbons. Since it is such a pure form of bourbon it makes for a good measuring stick. Most of the taste is at a particular extreme. Still, someone with the right amount of water it manages to be both oaky and sweet at the same time. In my mind, this is the perfect bourbon.

--Nic

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7 comments:

Mitch said...

I looove Bookers and have been drinking it for about 3 years. But I dont see why you are making such a fuss about drinking it with water. I have only ever sipped it straight and uncut. I never water it down and never will. Thats kinda the point of Bookers isnt it? The jim beam distillery basically waters down its Bookers to make all the rest of its offerings. IE. Jim beam Original, Bakers, Basil Haydins.

Mitch said...

I looove Bookers and have been drinking it for about 3 years. But I dont see why you are making such a fuss about drinking it with water. I have only ever sipped it straight and uncut. I never water it down and never will. Thats kinda the point of Bookers isnt it? The jim beam distillery basically waters down its Bookers to make all the rest of its offerings. IE. Jim beam Original, Bakers, Basil Haydins.

Melvin said...

I think you will find Booker's is at its best over a small amount of ice (preferably distilled ice), and his brother, Knob Creek, sans ice.

Subudhist said...

Had my first glass of Bookers yesterday, straight. It was lovely. Sweet and firery. Smooth and savory.

Margot Gerritsen said...

Love Bookers. Always drink it straight. No ice, no water. It's perfect that way. Just so smooth, I cannot believe sometimes it's 124 proof.

Eugene Canzano said...

I first tried Booker's at a private event in Louisville, Kentucky in 2013. I was shocked at how smooth and wonderful it was sipped uncut and without ice. Because I was informed of the proof of the Booker's before trying my first sip, I braced myself for a harsh overpoweringly strong sip. Was I ever surprised! It was smooth, wonderful, and pleasant. I have switched to Booker's as my bourbon of choice wherever I can get it. It makes a wonderful gift. Do beware, it can sneak up on you faster than you think. The perfect bourbon!

Rubiks Cuber said...

As far as bourbons, I only buy bookers. Don't let the proof bother you. Do not add water or ice until you had it straight from the "barrel". It is the smoothest 130 proof you will ever have.

There is a mild burn which I expect. Why water it down. I know that the smallbatch.com website mentions water but at least try it on it's own first