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Booker’s 2021-02 “Tagalong Batch”

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  • Distiller:

    Beam

  • Bottler:

    Beam

  • ABV:

    63.95%%

  • Age:

    6 Years 5 Months

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 86
  • Publication: Malt
  • Excerpt: From the very first whiff, which I feel is a key element to my favorite bourbons. Those paying the premium price for Booker’s are entitled to an experience like this one each and every time.
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  • Raided Score: 93
  • Publication: Whisky Cast
  • Excerpt: The finish is long, well-balanced, and spicy with just a hint of oak.
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  • Raided Score: 76
  • Publication: Whiskey In My Wedding Ring
  • Excerpt: For the love of Booker’s, please, please, please let it go just another year.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: The whiskey finishes with more of that sweet-tart flavor, and a hint of sweetness and spice (a large rock will help draw out more of those sweet notes). Expect a decent, rolling burn from the proof.
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  • Raided Score: 86
  • Publication: Drink Hacker
  • Excerpt: Is this the most interesting Booker’s release ever? No — but it is a worthwhile one that merits some attention.
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  • Raided Score: 86
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: It’s good, but it doesn’t scratch that Booker’s itch for me.
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  • Raided Score: 100
  • Publication: Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: It’s a well-made bourbon from a brand that knows its purpose.
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  • Raided Score: 81
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: Very good, but starting to shift profiles in a direction I may find less enticing should it continue.
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  • Intro:

    The second release of 2021, this is Booker's Tagalong Batch. Aged for 6 years and 5 months, it's released at 127.9pf and can typically be found around the $100 mark.

  • Nose:

    Big toffee sweetness up front. Sweet buttery caramel, praline, a hint of peanut brittle and brown sugar.

  • Taste:

    Rich on the palate, noticeable wallop of cinnamon. Brown sugar, baking spice, toffee and honey. Heavy on the peanut

  • Finish:

    Long finish, a bit hot but not unreasonable for the proof. Maple, peanut and cinnamon persist in the finish.

  • Overall:

    I don’t know that I’ve ever had this much cinnamon in a Booker’s before, and I don’t know if that’s going to be a winning development for me. Very good, but starting to shift profiles in a direction I may find less enticing should it continue.

  • Score:

    6

  • By t8ke
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