Batch: Noe Hard Times
Booker's Bourbon is a rare barrel-strength bourbon, bottled uncut and unfiltered*. But you obviously know a good bit about bourbon, because you don't end up here by mistake. We don't advertise. We don't do social media. We just do bourbon. We focus on the sweet spot. The center of the rackhouse where the temperature and humidity stars align to create the deepest and most intense flavors. Once it's aged to perfection, which always varies, the liquid is bottled uncut and unfiltered. We don't add, we don't water down, and we don't apologize for it. For some people, it may be too much. But for true bourbon fans, it's probably the best ever.
“Noe Hard Times” remembers Booker Noe’s nickname during his football-playing youth. Jim Beam Master Distiller Fred Noe said this about this current release:
Dad was larger-than-life in personality and stature, and possessed both from an early age. Needless to say, no team in central Kentucky wanted to line up against such a formidable opponent. This, combined with a birthday in December 1929, just on the cusp of the Great Depression, earned him the nickname “Hard Times” on and off the field.
Batch 2016-06 comes from six different rack houses and six different production dates. It’s bottled uncut and unfiltered at 127.8 proof and is aged a minimum of 6 years, 10 months, and 1 day.
The nose is full of big vanilla and baked corn notes, as well as hints of wood smoke, burnt sugar, black cherries and roasted peanuts. Booker’s slightly oily and somewhat creamy entry features vanilla bean, cherry cola, barrel char and sweet corn. A touch of herbs fill the back palate. Cinnamon sticks and caramel chews linger on the long, warm finish.
95 Points Wine Enthusiast - This uncut, barrel-strength Bourbon is bold and flavorful. The caramel aroma is rich and luxe. On the palate, it's quite tannic and drying, but the flavor shines through, showing toffee, caramel and dried cherry, with a spicy finish of clove, dried fig and date. The alcohol feels remarkably balanced despite the high proof. It needs no adornment: just add a chunk of ice and enjoy.