Booker’s 2019-01 Teresa’s Batch

Booker’s 2019-01 Teresa’s Batch
WhiskyBooker’s 2019-01 Teresa’s Batch
TypeBourbon
CaskAmerican Oak
Age6 years old
Abv63%
Rating 87/100

About

Booker's is a brand of bourbon and rye whiskey produced by Beam Suntory at the Jim Beam distillery in Clermont, Kentucky.
Reviews of Booker’s 2019-01 Teresa’s Batch
says on January 5, 2020
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 94/100
Finish strength: Long
Color: Auburn, Polished Mahogany

General description

Blown away by the Strength & Character.

Nose

Overwhelmed... I’m really shaken here... This is is an eye opening experience.

Palate

I’ve tasted around 20 bourbons in the last year... While I’m no expert, I really enjoyed the strength & character of Booker’s 2019-01E. I feel like someone let me in inside some secret playground.
I’ve had a taste at the local SAQ (liquor store) and litterally fell to the floor.
I had to drop a bottle of Wild Turkey AND a bottle of Maker’s Mark to buy this one.
Please, please, please... if you are into cask strength bourbons, grab one of these if you can!
This has been a game changer for me!

Finish

HOT spices & Vanilla

says on December 19, 2019
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 90/100
Finish strength: Long
Color: Burnt umber

General description

My first Booker’s review, but certainly not my first Booker’s, Teresa’s Batch fits with the bunch well. A good pick for those who like the drier, dark spirits. 90/100

SETTING:
This is a brilliant bourbon for sitting in an old theater, majestic red curtains pulled back to put on a breathtaking show. With Teresa’s Batch, the production is perfect and you go home satisfied and with a smile.

VITALS:
– Made In: Kentucky, USA
– Distiller: Jim Beam; Master Distiller: Fred Noe
– Classification: Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey; Small Batch
– Age: 6 yrs. 3 mo. 1 day
– Mash Bill: Corn=77%; Rye=13%; Malted Barley=10%
– Casks: New charred oak; undisclosed char
– Barrel Entry Proof: undisclosed; Cask Strength; Non-Chill Filtered
– ABV: 62.95% (125.9 proof)
– Price: $79.95 USD
– From Master Distiller notes: This batch is made up of barrels from three production dates, aged in nine different locations within four warehouses (WH)
28%: 5th floor of 9-story WH J
25%: 5th floor of 9-story WH E
25%: 6th floor of 9-story WH E
10%: 6th floor of 9-story WH D
3%: 4th floor of 9-story WH E
3%: 6th floor of 9-story WH J
3%: 8th floor of 9-story WH J
2%: 2nd floor of 7-story WH 5
1%: 4th floor of 7-story WH 5

Nose

Thick vanilla custard greets the nose, along with buttery pecans. For being so high proof, there is a surprising mellowness that makes this spirit easy to nose and enjoy. On deeper inhales, I find a pleasant tingle, but it doesn’t hurt. For spice, I find both nutmeg and white pepper, with the white pepper being slightly higher in concentration. Plums occupy the fruit category, being all sweet with little to no tartness. At the tail end of the plum, I detect a single cherry, again, not tart at all. Overall, the nose is rich, warm, and very inviting.

Palate

– Mouth Feel: Dry, but in the sense that many of the flavors are dried.
– Balance: Solid. There’s a pinch of brightness to contrast the dark well.
– Visual: Burnt amber in color, there is a suspended crown, as the legs drop quickly.

– Taste: The plums carry over from the nose, along with the pecans. The fruit isn’t juicy, rather dried to become prunes. Nevertheless, it is enjoyable, especially since it is accompanied by the classic Booker’s Bourbon warmth that surrounds the prunes and all other flavors. Subtle pepper begins to bloom, bringing with it dark chocolate and maple candies. The sweets here combine for an almost toffee effect, but not quite. I also find a wood element, but I wouldn’t say oak, maybe a bit more cedar. 

With a Kentucky chew, the alcohol naturally is stronger, but the prune comes more forward, mixing with the cherry on the nose and a sprinkle of orange zest. Behind the fruits is a darker and more sinister leather. Still, chew a 126 proof bourbon at your own risk.

Finish

– Lasting Power: Medium-long. The flavors stick around longer than the overall warmth. 
– Between Sips: Along with the orange zest that won’t go away after my Kentucky chew, I find buttered popcorn! A strange combination, but I’m actually liking it!

– No More: The essence of the the corn (not in the popped state) is more apparent the further I get, exacerbated by my craving for popcorn. Otherwise, it seems that the increase in warmth is most notable. 

The empty Glencairn is a mellow oak, soft and absolutely ready to give you a Kentucky hug with its warmth.

says on September 22, 2019
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 86/100
Color: Auburn, Polished Mahogany

General description

Test

says on July 18, 2019
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 90/100
Finish strength: Very long
Color: Burnt umber

General description

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

REVIEW SETTING:
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.

Nose

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.

Palate

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.

Finish

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.

says on June 14, 2019
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 85/100
Color: Auburn, Polished Mahogany

General description

Peanuts, peanuts, peanuts. Well balanced Bourbon.

says on May 10, 2019
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 84/100
Finish strength: Long
Color: Chestnutoloroso sherry

General description

Sweet molasses, vanilla, stewed fruit, and roasted nuts. See detailed tasting notes. Aroma 18/20, Complexity 25/30, Drinkability 17/20, Uniqueness 24/30.

Nose

Molasses, vanilla, stewed fruit, spices, and peanuts on the nose. Lovely aroma.

Palate

Roasted peanuts, simple syrup, spices, and zesty notes (even subtle bitterness). Viscous, coats tongue and mouth completely with tingling sensation. Lots of bite from the high proof leading to a Kentucky hug.

Finish

Long finish. Caramel and oak, biscuits!!!, and some dried fruit character.

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