Booker’s Bourbon Introduces its First Roundtable Batch of 2013October 5, 2013 By: Nightclub and Bar
Booker’s Bourbon announces the release of its first-ever batch hand-selected by top whiskey experts - Batch No. 2013-6. Twenty-five years after Booker Noe handed out the first bottles of his namesake bourbon to his closest friends and family, Fred Noe, seventh-generation Beam Master Distiller and 2013 Bourbon Hall of Fame Inductee, is celebrating his father’s legacy with a rare offering. For the first time in the small-batch bourbon’s history, top whiskey experts will collaborate with Fred to help select exclusive batches of Booker’s Bourbon.
Kicked off in August, Fred is paying homage to his father’s tasting tradition by hosting his own Booker’s Bourbon Roundtable, consisting of a select group of whiskey advocates, writers and experts. This esteemed group participates in “virtual” tastings and discussions to handpick select batches of bourbon worthy of the Booker’s name. Not since the 1980s, when Booker started sharing his bourbon with his best friends, has such an exclusive group been invited back to the table to take part in this Beam family tradition.
“Nearly three decades ago, Dad would gather his friends around the kitchen table and taste his personal bourbon stash to determine which would become the next batch of Booker’s® Bourbon,” said Noe. “I’m proud to keep that tradition alive. For our first official batch from the Roundtable, we’ve selected a bourbon featuring robust flavors, with notes of strong spices and unique lush cherries. Accompanied with a long finish and a bold proof, it’s a bottle that warrants Dad’s name on the label.”
This year’s Roundtable consists of top whiskey advocates, including, among others:
Chuck K. Cowdery, Blogger and Author of “Bourbon, Straight: The Uncut and Unfiltered Story of American Whiskey”
Geoffrey Kleinman, DrinkSpirits.com
John McCarthy, Spirits Writer
Jack Robertiello, Spirits Writer and Judge
Tony Sachs, Blogger, Huffington Post
F. Paul Pacult, Editor, Spirit Journal & Author, American Still Life
Available on shelves in early October, Booker’s Bourbon Batch No. 2013-6 was selected based on the following characteristics: ·
Age: 7 years
Nose: Strong spices and hints of cherry and vanilla
Finish: Long, smooth finish
Sipping Suggestions: With ice or cut with water