Booker's Bourbon Batch 2020-03 "Pigskin Batch"
Bourbon — Kentucky, USA
Reviewed December 14, 2020 (edited December 27, 2020)
Drinking this neat, neck pour. Not watching football but drinking this on a cold, rainy Portland night. Right off the bat, this bourbon presents itself as caramel, candy apple with delicious kettle corn sugars. It fades then into pear with dark vanilla notes at the very back of the nose. Interestingly, orange citrus hangs like a vail for the rest of notes to break through and then scents of oaks around the middle. The pallet gives off heavy oak and baking spices with salty peanut shells (there it is). It then takes a little pause, then the heat hangs around the top. The finish is same back of mouth heat, more citrus peanut butter with a cigar and wood accompaniment. Mouth feel is oily but not viscous. I was ridding a bit of a high after tasting the Boston Batch the other night so I had high hopes. This does not quite live up to some of its predecessors but overall it has a lot going on that I like. It does miss out on the finish but makes up on the surprisingly interesting nose. I know in a lot my reviews I end with value of bottle remark but I think the value for me here was getting the progression of batches through the year; Granny/Boston have plenty to make up for the downsides of this pour. So open your wallets and buy the whole lot if you can. A flight from this year will make for a fantastic Saturday night.