Booker's Bourbon Batch 2015-03 "The Center Cut"
Booker's // Kentucky, USA
The 3rd in the 2015 limited edition release series is known as "The Center Cut," honoring late Jim Beam Master Distiller Booker Noe, whose favorite part of the rackhouse was the center, the 5th floor. It also refers to his preference for thick slices of center cut meat, cured in his own smokehouse. For this release, current master distiller, his son Fred, continued Booker's legacy of gathering friends around the table to taste and select batches for his next bourbon by consulting a group of whiskey experts for this food-friendly batch, uncut and unfiltered. Members of the roundtable include writers Chuck Cowdery, Geoff Kleinman, John McCarthy, Jack Robertiello, Tony Sachs and chef Coby Ming.
age7 Y, 2 M, 28 D
BourbonProduced anywhere in USA; Mash bill of at least 51% corn; aged in new, charred oak barrels.
Cask Typenew, charred American oak
"This aptly named bourbon really does taste like it spent some time in the proximity of a meat smoker! Its aroma is very similar to that whiff of sweet, maple steam that comes off a New York City nut cart in the winter. Vanilla, smoked ham and candy apple also play a huge part, with a touch of lemony tartness. Its big, brawny proof could use a big ice cube to tame it down and release some of the more subtle flavors or sage, pinewood, cinnamon and clove. This bourbon would be amazing with barbecue."