Excerpt: This one-of-a-kind Rye whiskey comes from a special batch distilled from a unique mashbill created by the late Booker Noe in 2003, shortly before his death the following year, and is bottled at 68.1% ABV…uncut and unfiltered as Booker demanded it.
Excerpt: I understand that it would be a large, long term, undertaking to make Booker’s Rye a new project for the distillery, but its a project I think they could undertake and do quite well within the future.
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Bookers Rye is a highly celebrated release from Beam Suntory featuring a 13yr, barrel proof rye whiskey.
Spicy clove, oak, maple and some faint banana bread. Doughy, molasses and oddly creamy. Less oaky than expected due to the age but its still there in force.
Sweet and thick. Maple, clove, fruity cream. Very sweet, even with the wood influence. Little hot but surprisingly mellow for 130+ proof.
Long, complex. The heat grows, but not to unreasonable intensity. Very sweet, oaky and toffee forward.
This is a fantastic rye. Ill be straight, I like it a lot. Id drink it all of the time if I could. To me, I still think THH is the king of non-unicorn rye, because that profile just gets me going but this is a close contender. The mouthfeel is great and the flavors deliver well. I disagree with Murray on this being the best whiskey of 2016 but its certainly a good pick. If it was priced at $100 or below, and was actually accessible, Id pick up a bottle or two a year. But since the secondary has gone bonkers, I'm also content to leave it to the freaks. I'm rating this a Rank 8 - very good. On par, to some, with THH but I think this lags behind, just a hair.
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