Review readers and profile followers know I am a BIG fan of Booker's bourbon. Because of this, I feel it is fitting to complete my 50th review with the first Bookers release of 2019: "Teresa's Batch". A sourcing challenge has been overcome, and I can emphatically say, buy it when you find it and be rewarded with another fine bourbon ... Read on for the full review.
TERESA'S BATCH INFORMATION:
Region: Kentucky, USA
Distiller: Jim Beam, Master Distiller Fred Noe
Classification: Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Small Batch: 2019-01 "Teresa's Batch"
Mash bill: 77% Corn, 13% Rye, 10% Malted Barley
Casks: New Charred Oak
Age: 6 years 3 months 1 Day
Cask Strength | Non-Chill Filtered
ABV: 62.95% (125.9 proof)
FROM MASTER DISTILLER NOTES:
... This batch is made up of barrels from three production dates aged in nine different locations within four warehouses. The breakdown of the barrel storage is as follows:
28%: 5th floor of 9-story warehouse J
25%: 5th floor of 9-story warehouse E
25%: 6th floor of 9-story warehouse E
10%: 6th floor of 9-story warehouse D
3%: 4th floor of 9-story warehouse E
3%: 6th floor of 9-story warehouse J
3%: 8th floor of 9-story warehouse J
2%: 2nd floor of 7-story warehouse 5
1%: 4th floor of 7-story warehouse 5
I drank it neat, from a Glencairn glass.
The rating below compares to my reviews of Eagle Rare 10 Year Old, Four Roses Single Barrel, Maker's Mark Cask Strength, Maker's Mark Private Select Idaho Director's Cut Batch 7, Old Forester 1920, Stagg Jr Batch 10, Stagg Jr Batch 11, and Weller 12 Year Old.
The nose on "Teresa's Batch" is signature Booker’s. The faint ethanol burn has a touch of dusty dark berries and fresh citrus rind. Hints of orange spice cake hide cinnamon, ginger, rye, and surprising vanilla taffy notes. The juice is also a bit musty, holding smells of empty peanut butter jars and sinus-clearing new oak barrel aromas, which can be coaxed from the Glencairn.
With a good Kentucky Chew, Teresa's Batch awakens the tongue with firey heat and gives the esophagus and stomach an abrupt Kentucky Hug as its ethanol trickles home. The taste is unmistakably Booker’s: dusty blueberry fruit leather, warm allspice, white pepper, and rye. Its regal earthiness blends its nearly masked sweetness of cocoa, burnt caramel, peanut toffee, and dark molasses. As the dram is consumed, hazy toasted oak gives way to a strongly seasoned barrel char.
Balance, Body, Feel and Look:
This is a rich, full-bodied, viscous juice which treats the throat to a warm tickle. Fat droplets cling to the glass, then suddenly slide to become thin legs.
Teresa's Batch finishes exceptionally long and closes with a gentle Kentucky hug. While definitely not sweet, warm caramel and spice mix with a dark berry essence. A slight tickle remains as the liquid slips away, leaving a mouthfull of toasted oak and a little earthy char. When the dram is emptied, heavy, new oak bounds from the Glencairn.