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Booker’s Bourbon Batches 2017 Ranked

Last updated Jan 13, 2021 | Published on Dec 25, 2020


by Matty Sims

Booker’s Bourbon Batches 2017 were solid from top to bottom. Overall, 2015 to 2017 were the best three consecutive years of Booker’s batches. Tommy’s Batch and Sip Awhile could’ve gone either way but I went with Tommy’s because it’s less hot out of the bottle and more drinkable. Sip Awhile will make you think twice with the heat all those it’s jam-packed with flavors. I will have reviews of both of those up within the next 2 to 3 weeks.

Booker's Bourbon Batches 2017 Ranked
Batch #ProofAgeWax Notes
2017-04128.16 Years, 8 Months, 14 DaysSip Awhile
2017-03125.96 Years, 5 Months, 25 DaysFront Porch Batch
2017-02127.46 Years, 3 Months, 3 DaysBlue Knights Batch
2017-01128.56 Years, 4 Months, 6 DaysTommy's Batch


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#1 – 2017-01 Tommy’s Batch

Tommy's Batch 2017-01 Booker's Bourbon Batches 2017 Ranked

Tommy's Batch 2017-01Details
TypeSmall Batch
Age6 years, 4 months and 6 days
CooperageNew, Charred Oak Barrels
Off the Still125 Proof
In the Barrel125 Proof
Proof128.5 Proof
TypeTwo production dates
41% came from the 6th floor of Warehouse E
13% from the 6th floor of Warehouse H
46% came from the 7th floor of Warehouse D
ProsFantastic Nose
ConsCould Use More Complexity on the Palate
RatingGold 94 out of 100 Points
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This is another roundtable batch and was in honor of the recently retired Distillery Manager who helped pick this batch along with the media and expert roundtable.

Nose – 95 out of 100 Points

The nose is brown sugar, rich caramel, and charred oak with just hints of cinnamon and clove.

Taste – 93 out of 100 Points

Caramel on the tip of the tongue. Baking spice and peanuts through mid-palate and black pepper on the back of the palate. It’s not the most complex bourbon but it’s delicious nonetheless.

Finish – 94 out of 100 Points

The finish is long with cinnamon and black pepper from front to back.

Verdict – Gold 94 out of 100 Points

It’s delicious but it’s also not the Mona Lisa of bourbons. It’s the equivalent of a really good home-cooked meal. Nothing wrong with that.

#2 – 2017-04 Sip Awhile

Booker's 2017-04

Full Review Coming Soon

#3 – 2017-02 Blue Knights Batch

Booker's 2017-02

Full Review Coming Soon

#4 – 2017-03 Front Porch Batch

Booker's 2017-03

Full Review Coming Soon

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Written by Matty Sims

Matty Sims is the Editor-in-Chief at a digital media company. LeAnn (his wife) and his daughters Claire, Maddy, and Adele along with a brand new pup Booker live in Taylors, SC, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He enjoys cracking a well-aged bottle of bourbon with friends and sharing stories, or cracking one of his favorite daily sippers on the back porch while the pup and his kids play in the backyard. He is a storyteller at heart, and Bourbon has deep roots in storytelling.

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