Booker’s Pigskin Batch (2020-03) Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Booker’s Pigskin Batch (2020-03)

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  • Distiller:

    Beam

  • Bottler:

    Beam

  • ABV:

    63.65%

  • Age:

    6 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 86
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: If this whiskey defies expectations at all it’s on the finish, where some greener elements and ample red pepper pop, giving the whiskey a bittersweet quality that ultimately comes across as fairly rustic, even with water. A fair enough bourbon, though.
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  • Raided Score: 100
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: It’s not too thin and it’s not too viscous. Just right. It tastes rich, and elegant, and not at all high-proof.
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  • Raided Score: 89
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: This heady, full-bodied bruiser of a whiskey could easily pair with Sunday snack food like nachos, sliders or wings, and is probably best enjoyed with a big cube of ice. Helmet optional.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Breaking Bourbon
  • Excerpt: Like 2020’s Little Book Chapter 4, Pigskin Batch leans heavily on a cinnamon note, but is a bit more rough around the edges and slightly less satisfying as a result.
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  • Raided Score: 93
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: The finish is long and well-balanced between spices and sweetness. Excellent!
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: I really like this batch, especially compared to previous batches in the same vintage. This one embodies so much richness, it’s hard not to love.
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  • Intro:

    Aged for 6 years, 7 months and 7 days and bottled at 63.65% ABV, this is the third release from Beam as an entry into the Booker’s portfolio, titled “Pigskin Batch”.

  • Nose:

    Pungent caramel, tobacco, fresh praline and cinnamon. A bit more tobacco in this release than 20-02.

  • Taste:

    Thick on the palate, rich mouth feel. Honey, pepper, fudge, caramel and peanut brittle. Much more balanced than 20-02 and delivers a really powerful experience for this barrel proofer.

  • Finish:

    Long finish. A bit of heat here, but nothing too punishing. Caramel, peanut butter cups, toffee and pepper.

  • Overall:

    I really like this batch, especially compared to previous batches in the same vintage. This one embodies so much richness, it’s hard not to love.

  • Score:

    7

  • By t8ke
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