American Whiskey - Bourbon

Booker's Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Rating Information

  • Proof66 Rating
    659 / 904
    Rabble Rating
    4.7 / 5.0
    Price (USD)
    $50
    Proof
    127.0
    0-10 miles

Rating Description

92nd Percentile
This score falls in the 92nd percentile of all spirits in the Whiskey category and is an example of the very best in its class.

Proof66 Notes

Booker's bourbon is part of Jim Beam's "small batch collection," which is intended to compete directly with the most premium of ultra-premium bourbons and whiskeys sweeping the market.

Booker's Bourbon is Jim Beam's invention of the "single barrel bourbon." It is the bourbon taken straight from the barrel in all its unfiltered, high proof glory. It's aged between six and eight years in American oak. Jim Beam suggets mixing with spring water to "taste," which is almost a necessity given its high proof.

This was featured on BlueKitchen.net as part of their Best Bourbon Tour with an overall grade of A-. They caution against "spitting it into your campfire" as it "clocks in at 126 proof."

We had our own thoughts about this whiskey after a tasting run by Master Distiller Fred Noe.

jaketaz jaketaz (65) (2014-10-02)
I love high proof bourbon and rye, so I admit this review is biased. That said, this is one of my favorite things to drink, and I've found over the years that high-proof whiskeys tend to paradoxically taste smoother than normal 80-proofers, especially with a dab of water. It doesn't have a lot of flavor complexity, but the couple of flavors it does have are very up-front and defined: caramel, oak, stonefruit. I actually go for this in a Manhattan, it does mix well. It is really the opposite of Jim Beam and is the best thing by FAR that distillery makes. A bourbon heavyweight that plays well with others, this is part of my holy trinity of high proofs, the other two being Bone Snapper Rye and Stagg Jr.
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scollings scollings (82) (2014-06-12)
Other than the 12 year Brandy finish Jim Beam, this is my favorite of the Beam line. It is best neat, but must be approached with some care and respect. It is incredibly smooth for 127 proof, but it will still hurt you if you are careless. Booker's puts the "sip" in sipping whiskey.
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Muncher Muncher (116) (2014-05-17)
Though I normally have my drinks neat, this one requires either a cube or a shot of water. It's like having every instrument in the orchestra blowing at max volume otherwise. It really is a delicious pour, but you might have to use a little trial and error to find your own sweet spot for the amount of dilution.
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maximx1 maximx1 (1) (2014-03-08)
The absolute best bourbon that I've ever tasted. Very warm, smooth, and definitely smoky. Before today my favorite was Maker's Mark, so think that but better. You will want to take this one slowly!
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Wuli27 Wuli27 (33) (2014-03-06)

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Allan Allan (119) (2014-02-17)
Tried it at first and immediately went for the ice cubes. A little hot but a little cool water melted in does wonders! Opens up to have a mild smoke with a nice touch of sweet vanilla from the oak with a hint of fruit in the middle. Smooths out well to a bit of a drier finish but now where near bitter. An excellent choice.
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JamesCThatsMe JamesCThatsMe (12) (2013-11-22)
As others have said, this is not a beginners whiskey. Not because it is too strong, it would just be a shame to not fully appreaciate all the flavor. Fruit, vanilla, caramel, and a little smokey too. To be such a high proof it is remarkabley smooth. I prefer it over a few cubes of ice as it slowly adds some water and opens up the the whiskey. It also cuts a bit of bite out of it. Definitely a sipping whiskey, and by far my favorite.
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NeatPour NeatPour (172) (2013-08-06)
It's the bomb, but it's something you work your way to. It's strong, so I'd recommend making this the pinnacle of your evening. I like to walk guests through buffalo trace, 1972, Blanton's, four roses 101, before landing at this beautiful bourbon. If you love bourbon, & you drink it neat, I can almost guarantee that this sexy cask strength bottle will win a permanent spot on your bar!
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Irishman Irishman (251) (2013-06-20)
This isn't a bottle you go after quickly or you'll be drooling on the floor with the dog. Mix with a couple ice cubes and a very small splash of water to bring out the full flavor of this wonderful whiskey.
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joelbarrett joelbarrett (58) (2013-03-21)
Awesome.
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geoffk geoffk (1) (2013-01-22)
Not for the neophyte, this is a add water or a couple cubes of ice and sip kind of spirit. I have had many bottles of this over the years and can attest to the fact that there is some variance between barrels. Can be found easily sub $50 and in bc liquor stores (notoriously higher price in Canada) for around $55. Must have in bar in my opinion.
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TimeToGoHome TimeToGoHome (32) (2012-07-26)
Bought this for my bourbon drinking brother.  Cracked it open with him and some freinds.  The bottle did not last the night.  Everone loved it.  A few drank it neat others with ice.  Smooth, powerful, tasty.  Have to save up for another bottle.
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jdblou jdblou (1) (2012-05-12)
Has a good oak flavor. Also a fair amount of heat. Liked it better cut with a few ice cubes added.
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Capman62 Capman62 (1) (2012-02-05)
This is a tremendous whiskey, with bold, sweet, syrupy flavor. The high alcohol content is not as intense as one might imagine. For those accustomed to bourbon, it drinks smoothly.
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ReligionSucketh ReligionSucketh (17) (2011-12-17)
I am a bit biased, because this is my absolute favorite sipping whisk(e)y, regardless of style or country of origin. Big, oaky, smoky and sweet, with vanilla, caramel and fruit. Big flavors, but not as intense as one would expect from a bourbon that ranks 120-130 proof. I've had a few lower proof whiskies that felt stronger. That said, I still would not recommend this to whiskey novices. I've seen several friends try to jump from Jack or Jameson to this and they swear they will never try it again, simply because it's much stronger and more complex than the average 80 proof whiskey.
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jaycamm jaycamm (9) (2011-04-03)
This is big boy bourbon. Not for beginners. It is also one of the best. Bold as hell.
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hoosier09 hoosier09 (6) (2011-03-31)
Mix with a bit of water to open up the flavors. Unbelievably smooth for such a high proof.
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jfatt340 jfatt340 (15) (2010-08-05)
It's good, spend a little more to get a bottle from the antique collection.
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danurdan danurdan (16) (2009-02-04)
Got this one for Christmas from my whiskey-lovin' brother. Even he couldn't do more than one glass of the stuff. It IS smooth for a 127 proof whiskey, but still has an overpowering taste. Best mixed with a little water or ice.
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