javablaine says on December 30, 2018
|Whisky||Booker’s 2018-02 Backyard BBQ|
|Age||6 years old|
Not bad. A bit underwhelmed. More of a drinker than something I would chase after.
Love this Booker's iteration (2018-02 "Backyard BBQ"). I bought this bourbon to enjoy along side a slow-smoked brisket - and it did not disappoint. While the ABV of 62.5% is apparent, and black pepper is in the forefront, it is not overwelming when enjoyed neat. This bourbon is a new favorite for me.
So subtle ... no alcohol burn, no acetone, but lots of brown sugar sweetness, cinnamon, and oak.
Poured four ounces ...
NEAT: The heat comes through but is not overwhelming. Sweet dark fruit. Plums come to mind but something else too. Baked pie: pumpkin? Nutmeg spices are there.
ONE DROP DISTILLED H20
(added at about 2 ounces): The heat bursts through, but it is not unpleasant, the flavors become more blended.
TWO DROPS DISTILLED H20
(added after two small sips):
Maple sugar candy. So much so maple wafts out of the glass.
While the finish is relatively short, the pleasant and warming bourbon heat lingers on and on and on and ...
Takes a few sips to get acclimated to the ABV but once you do it's a great bourbon to chew on. Very rich and sweet with an apple pie flavor
Woody, apple pie, cinnamon, sweet
Rich, velvety, lots of heat, like biting into a caramel apple; tangy sensation on the tip of the tongue surrounded by caramel sweetness
Charred oak, pepper, dried apples
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