Booker’s Bourbon 2018 Batches Review

For our February 2019 Tasting Event, we sampled each of the four Booker’s Bourbon batches released in 2018 (in addition, we snuck in a sample of Baker’s, to see how it held up).  Because it was a blind sampling, we held off on any formal tasting notes or reviews until a later date. That later date has now arrived.

Booker's Bourbon 2018

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February 2019: Booker’s Bourbon 2018 Batches

Pop quiz: What is the first bourbon to be commercially released nationwide at barrel proof? According to Jim Beam, it is Booker’s Bourbon.

Booker's Bourbon 2018

Booker’s Bourbon is a member of Jim Beam‘s Small Batch Collection, along with Knob Creek, Baker’s, and Basil Hayden’s. Its namesake, former Master Distiller Booker Noe, used to select choice barrels from the center of the rickhouse as holiday gifts for close friends. In 1988, Jim Beam decided to release the purportedly first barrel proof bourbon nationwide.

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January 2018: Westland Distillery Single Cask Whiskey

Westland

Westland Distillery first opened its doors in 2010 and is headquartered in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood.  Its primary mission has been to create a distinctly American-style single malt that reflects the “distinct qualities of our time, place and culture in the Pacific Northwest.”\

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