From the nice chaps of Drinks by the Dram, we have received the chance to review the 2016 edition of their Bourbon Advent Calendar. Every day until Christmas, starting today, I will make a note and tell the world. Door number one revealed the seven year old Kentucky Straight Bourbon from Jim Beam’s Booker’s True Barrel series.
63.7% abv, €73
Nose: liquid sauna, herbs, eucalyptus, marjoram, sweet, licorice, citrus, grapefruit, blood oranges, spicy, allspice, cinnamon, hints of oak
Palate: spicy, rosemary, cinnamon, allspice, hot, jalapeño peppers, sweet, licorice, hints of vanilla, citrus, blood oranges, grapefruit, hints of oak
Finish: firm, spicy, cinnamon, allspice, a hint of oak
Conclusion: A fine example of a good bourbon. Seven years in Scotch terms is not a lot, but clearly American bourbon ages different. It has good levels of sweetness, spiciness, fine citrus notes and pleasant notes of oak. Can I still apply this into the #WhiskySanta campaign please?
More info: batch 2015-02, a rare barrel-strength bourbon, matured in the centre of Jim Beam’s racked warehousing, where temperatures and humidity are at their best to create the deepest and most intense flavours. The age of these batches always varies, they are never diluted to a lower strength and are never cut with other batches. Booker Noe was the sixth-generation master distiller who grew up at a distillery in the heart of Kentucky. In 1992, Booker introduced the term “small batch”.