Review 498: Booker’s 7 Year

bookers2015-02This is the 3rd whisky of the 2nd edition (2016) of the Whisky ProefOlympics (tasting Olympics) a blind tasting competition based in The Netherlands. Yet again a new whiskey for me. I’m not that much into bourbons myself. But thats the fun of competitions like this: you get the change to taste something you would normally never try.

BTW: I have tasted this blind. Well let’s see how this one performs in the glass.

What they write about it:

Booker’s® Bourbon is a rare barrel-strength bourbon, bottled uncut and unfiltered*. But you obviously know a good bit about bourbon, because you don’t end up here by mistake. We don’t advertise. We don’t do social media. We just do bourbon.

We focus on the sweet spot. The center of the rackhouse where the temperature and humidity stars align to create the deepest and most intense flavors. Once it’s aged to perfection, which always varies, the liquid is bottled uncut and unfiltered*. We don’t add, we don’t water down, and we don’t apologize for it. For some people, it may be too much. But for true bourbon fans, it’s probably the best ever.

Expression:Booker’s 7 Year
Category:Bourbon
Bottled by:Jim Beam
Age:7 Year
ABV (% Alc):63.7%
Non-chill filtered:Yes
Natural colour:Yes
Phenols (smoke):+/- 0 ppm on barley
Distillation date:+/- 2008
Bottle date:2015
Vintage:N/a
Maturation:New American oak
Cask number:Batch 2015-02
Bottle number:N/a
Bottle content:70cl

Colour:
Amber

Smell:
A spicy and sweet whisky with aromas of big dominant solvent tones, vanilla, ginger, pepper, banana, maple syrup, a lot of wood, stale tones, earthy tones, icing sugar, honey, floral tones hint of licorice, coffee, caramel and strong oak.

Taste:
A sweet, powerful and dry whisky with aromas of hominy, maple syrup, candied ginger, dominant solvent tones (acetone), pepper, tannins, dry oak, brown sugar, caramel, banana, hint of berries, bitter chocolate, earthy tones, dusty, sawdust and more bitter oak.

Finish:
A long, sweet yet dry finish with aromas of honey, tannins, solvents (acetone), vanilla, brown sugar, burned caramel and bitter oak.

Marks:
  • 6.2/10
    Smell: - 6.2/10
  • 6.1/10
    Taste: - 6.1/10
  • 6.4/10
    Finish: - 6.4/10
6.2/10

Conclusion:

hmmm, now I remember why I’m not that into Bourbons anymore: the nail polish remover and solvent tones are really overpowering everything for me. There is a nice earthiness to this bourbon that makes is slightly interesting. The strong bitternes on the palate is also enjoyable but I rather stick to single malts (and grains).
Nope, not for me.