Booker’s Batch 2018-02 “Backyard BBQ”
Backyard BBQ marks the second batch of Booker’s Bourbon for 2018. This batch is named in honor of Booker Noe’s famous “bourbon-ques” and his love for hosting cookouts for friends, family, neighbors, and distillery employees in his own backyard in Bardstown, Ky. Today, Fred Noe and his son Freddie carry on this tradition all summer long complete with bourbon and Booker’s famous flambéed pork chops. This batch of Kentucky straight bourbon was aged for 6 years, 2 months, and 10 days. As always, this is uncut and unfiltered. Bottled at 128.8 proof.
Like many of the small batches from Booker’s this one shoots for intensity and maturity. The aroma is lit with alcohol. Peering through the fire there are scents of browned butter, pickle brine, peanut brittle, and cedar. The palate is juicy and heavily influenced by the wood. Top note of toasted marshmallows then an aftermath of soaked wood, aggressive spices, and sweet tannins. Adding water draws out chocolate but makes the tannins a lot less friendly.