Booker's Bourbon Batch 2019-02 "Shiny Barrel Batch"
Bourbon — Kentucky, USA
Tasted October 28, 2021
A big thank you to @ContemplativeFox for this sample dram. This is one I requested because it sounded good from other reviews. Appearance: Amber color with medium oiliness. Rings the glass but no real legs. Nose: Leather, peanut butter, alcohol burn in nose but not too strong as long as you don't stick your nose into the glass. Brown sugar, smoke, orange with clove like grandma used to make around holidays for decor and aroma. Mouthfeel: Medium fullness, tangy. Flavor: Peanut butter buddy cookies, brown sugar, vanilla, smoked meat, hot on tongue, spices from all over the place from cinnamon to clove to nutmeg and so on. Pumpkin pie seasoning flavors. Butterscotch, bakery goodies, HOLY CRAP this is good! This right here, this is my kind of bourbon! I think I found my true love. Its sweet but its spicy, and there is enough complexity to keep it interesting. Each sip evolves new flavors I love. Adding a cube: Makes the mouthfeel creamier for sure which I love. I think if there was anything lacking in this pour it was the mouthfeel. I have had creamier and I do prefer that feel, but with a small cube that comes out more. Flavors come forward with less sweet and more heat for me, which I do not love that much. I prefer the flavor before the cube. If I had to choose I would keep the original mouthfeel for the sweeter flavor and not use a cube at all. Conclusion: My ONLY complaint would be that its not creamy enough in the mouthfeel. Especially for the otherwise creamy flavors. Yet, it has a wonderful balance of sweet and spice with a myriad of my favorite flavor notes. This is a 5 as I must get it in my collection. Thank you again @ContemplativeFox for this beautiful sample!