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Booker’s Bourbon: In their nearly 30 year history, Booker’s Bourbon has become well known for several things in the Whiskey world. They’re one of a handful of Bourbon’s that’s bottled uncut and released at cask strength. Booker’s was created by Booker Noe, who in addition to being a 6th generation Master Distiller was also the Grandson of Jim Beam. Moving forward to the present, Booker’s son, Fred Noe selects every batch of Booker’s to ascertain that it meets the flavor profile and standard that his Dad set forth.

Booker’s Bourbon “Blue Knight’s Batch” ($75): The Blue Knight Batch is the second Batch released as part of the 2017 collection. It honors the relationship that developed over many years between Booker Noe and the Blue Knights Motorcycle Club. This batch was made using Bourbon produced on 4 different dates and located in 4 different warehouses. It was 6 years, 3 months and 6 days old when bottled at its natural proof of 127.4.
There’s a duality to this Bourbon that starts from the first whiff and continues to the last bit reverberating at the back of your throat. That dichotomy is the tension that exists between the “big” nature of everything here, flavors and aromas versus the great proportion it ultimately maintains. Mexican vanilla bean, toasted pecan and wisps of oak are evident on the nose along with a hint of leather. Dried fig and date flavors along with spice and continued references to roasted nuts dominate the deeply layered and intense palate. The impressively long finish shows off dried apricot, white pepper and bits of heat.

Booker’s Blue Knight Batch is aimed at sipping neat, over ice, or with a touch of water. It’s distinct and delicious served like that, but it’s also a tremendously high quality cocktail component. I tried my hand at several classics using Blue Knight Batch, but this was my favorite.

Boulevardier
2 Parts Booker’s Bourbon Blue Knight Batch
1.5 Parts Campari
1 part Sweet Red Vermouth
Orange Twist

Pour the Bourbon, Campari, and Vermouth into a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and pour into a Rocks Glass filled with ice. Garnish with and Orange Twist.

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