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Booker's "Mighty Fine" Bourbon 2023-03

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This batch is made up of barrels from seven production dates that were aged in six different warehouses. The breakdown of barrel storage for Booker's "Mighty Fine Batch" is as follows:

  • 2% came from the 5th floor of 7-story warehouse Q
  • 3% came from the 6th floor of 7-story warehouse Z
  • 8% came from the 5th floor of 9-story warehouse G
  • 10% came from the 6th floor of 7-story warehouse I
  • 10% came from the 5th floor of 9-story warehouse H
  • 12% came from the 5th floor of 9-story warehouse G
  • 55% came from the 5th floor of 7-story warehouse 3

The color of this Booker's batch invites you to take a long look and enjoy the rich, beautiful color. The nose is very pleasant, with all the characteristics Dad looked for in his namesake bourbon. The vanilla and brown sugar sweet notes come through very well from the white oak barrels this bourbon aged in for over seven years. The taste is great and full bodied; when I added a splash of water, it opened up some great flavors, with a finish that gives a lovely "Kentucky Hug.

My Dad would say that this is a Mighty Fine batch of Booker's.

LABEL INSPIRATION

The third release of the Booker's® Bourbon 2023 Collection is Booker's Batch 2023-03 "Mighty Fine Batch." This batch is named in honor of the signature phrase my dad, Booker Noe, used to compliment anything he approved of - from his namesake bourbon to his country ham.

If you knew Booker, then you knew "mighty fine" was his go-to phrase. He would often get together with other folks in the bourbon industry to taste samples of Booker's Bourbon, and everyone knew he was happy with his selection when he sipped it and said it was "mighty fine," followed by, "that's a damn good batch!".

Shortly before Dad passed away in 2004, I selected the barrels for a Booker's Bourbon batch for the very first time. I was a little nervous at first; I had big shoes to fill. After tasting the sample I shared with him, he looked at me and said, "Mighty fine job, son." A lot of people thought it was one of the best batches, but receiving Dad's vote of confidence made it that much more special for me. I'll never forget that moment.

Booker was not one to embellish his compliments with many descriptive words, but I have a feeling he would say this batch is mighty fine. I hope you think so too.

--- Fred Noe, Beam Family 7th Generation Master Distiller