30th anniversary of Booker’s is celebrated with a special edition

The small batch whiskey label was born in 1988 as a creation of Booker Noe

Home of the Booker’s is the Jim Beam Distillery in Kentucky. Booker Noe, descendent of the legendary Jim Beam and master distiller of Beam for more than four decades, started in the 1980s to select the best barrels from the barrel stock and bottled very small batches. Initially only for private purposes and as special gifts for business partners, official bottlings were created and released under an own label as Booker’s Small Batch Bourbon– the first official small batch Bourbon ever.

Barrel selection: a matter for the boss

Today it’s up to Booker Noe's son Fred, Master Distiller in seventh generation, to select the barrels for the annually Booker's Bourbon, bottled at cask strength and so he did for the special anniversary bottling as well, which just appeared in the US. For this Booker's 30th Anniversary Bourbon he chose 70% 9-year-old and 30% 16-year-old whiskey.

The release of the Booker's 30th Anniversary Bourbon is described as very limited - the exact numbers of bottles has not yet been announced. We also can’t tell yet whether some bottles will make it to our European market. In the US, the Kentucky Straight Bourbon, bottled at 125.8 proof (62.9% ABV) was launched at a suggested retail price of $ 199.99 / 750 ml.

Official tasting notes for the Booker's 30th Anniversary Bourbon

The taste profile of this bourbon is most likely batches of booker's, with a quick, dry finish that does not overpower your palate, and offers robust notes of vanilla and oak from the mingling of whiskeys present in this release.

However, those who are waiting for a second edition of the 2016 Booker's Rye, which was named "Whisky of the Year" by Jim Murray, will have to wait for a while. In an interview earlier this year, Fred Noe told The Bourbon magazine that they have not filled casks for a following release yet.