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Booker’s Bourbon Batches 2019 Ranked

Dec 18, 2020

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Booker’s Bourbon Batches 2019 were solid from start to finish. I enjoyed each and every one of these and none of them disappointed me. 2019-03 Country Ham was truly something special — one of my top 10 Booker’s bourbon batches.

Booker's Bourbon Batches 2019 Ranked
Batch #ProofAgeWax Notes
2019-04126.16 Years, 6 Months, 19 DaysBeaten Biscuits
2019-03124.76 Years, 4 Months, 2 DaysCountry Ham
2019-021246 Years, 5 Months, 1 DayBlack Shiny Barrel Batch
2019-01125.96 Years, 3 Months, 1 DayTeresa's Batch

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#1 – Booker’s Bourbon 2019-03 Country Ham

Booker's Bourbon Batch 2019-03 - Booker's Bourbon Batches 2019

2019-03 Country HamDetails
TypeSmall Batch
Age6 Years, 4 Months, 2 Days
CooperageNew, Charred Oak Barrels
Off the Still125 Proof
In the Barrel125 Proof
Proof124.7 Proof
ABV62.35%
Price$80
DistilleryJames B. Beam Distilling
Clermont, KY
ProsFlavor Bomb
ConsMuted Finish But That's Nitpicking
RatingGold 95 out of 100
InventoryBuy Without Hesitation

Country Ham is thick and oily with thick legs. It’s like painting drip down in large beads. The color is dark rust and amber. Country Ham is made up of 364 barrels, produced on a single date, and stored in three warehouses.

  • 51% came from the 7th floor of 9-story warehouse H
  • 5% came from the 3rd floor of 7-story warehouse P
  • 44% came from the 4th floor of 7-story warehouse P

Nose – 95 out of 100 Points

Booker’s 2019-03 has a characteristic the great Booker’s all have. I popped the cork, and it slapped me in the face with that signature vanilla, caramel, and oak.

It reminds of tres leches soaked in cream and vanilla and drizzled with dark, rich caramel. I’m also getting charred, caramelized oak.

Taste – 96 out of 100 Points

Booker’s is an ideal bourbon for practicing your Kentucky chew. 2019-03 shines as you let it rest in your palate and just chew. It’s surprisingly bright and smooth for a 124.7 proof bourbon. That makes it dangerous. You could enjoy several ounces and not realize you are in the danger zone.

It has a caramel custard mouthfeel, and I get creamy peanut butter with vanilla swirls. I’ve mentioned elsewhere I don’t love the peanut flavor when it’s pronounced but, in this case, it adds complexity functioning more as a subtle backdrop. Finally, charred oak shows up in the back palate.

Finish – 93 out of 100 Points

The finish is cinnamon and baking spice cream cheese. It does lose some of the complex flavors present in the nose and palate but that’s nitpicking for an excellent bourbon.

Verdict – Gold 95 out of 100 Points

It’s phenomenal and represents everything I love about Booker’s bourbon. This was a batch I purchased multiples of. I suggest you snoop around and see if you can find any stray 2019-03 sitting on the shelf. Never hurts to look behind what’s sitting in spot 1 on the shelf.

#2 – Booker’s Bourbon 2019-02 Shiny Barrel Batch


Shiny Barrel Batch was made from two different production dates and stored in three different warehouses from the center floors:

  • 18% came from the 6th floor of 9-story warehouse D
  • 39% came from the 4th floor of 9-story warehouse E
  • 43% came from the 4th floor of 9-story warehouse J

Nose – 92 out of 100 Points

The nose is all vanilla soaked charred oak and a light caramel. The type you’d buy at the grocery store to use on ice cream. The nose isn’t incredibly complex but it’s delicious.

Taste – 93 out of 100 Points

The palate is complex. I get smoky charred oak, vanilla pudding, dried fruit and toasted bran cereal. There’s a tingly, lingering Szechuan peppercorn spice on the tip of the tongue.

Finish – 93 out of 100 Points

The finish is long but not overly spicy. You get a bit of everything from the nose and palate. There’s some vanilla, caramel, smoky charred oak, and white pepper.

Verdict – Gold 92.6 out of 100 Points

Shiny Barrel offers great balance and complexity.

#3 – Booker’s Bourbon 2019-01 Teresa’s Batch

Booker's Batch 2019-01 Teresa's BatchTeresa’s Batch was all deep red fruit for me. I loved it. This batch is named for Teresa Wittemer, Quality Control Department for over 30 years. This batch is made up of barrels from three production dates aged in nine different locations within four warehouses

  • 2% came from the 2nd floor of 7-story warehouse 5
  • 1% came from the 4th floor of 7-story warehouse 5
  • 10% came from the 6th floor of 9-story warehouse D
  • 3% came from the 4th floor of 9-story warehouse E
  • 25% came from the 5th floor of 9-story warehouse E
  • 25% came from the 6th floor of 9-story warehouse E
  • 28% came from the 5th floor of 9-story warehouse J
  • 3% came from the 6th floor of 9-story warehouse J
  • 3% came from the 8th floor of 9-story warehouse J

Nose – 92 out of 100 Points

The nose presents cooked down summer berries. There’s some alcohol present which mutes the fruit notes. I also pick up some cinnamon caramel and charred oak.

Taste – 91 out of 100 Points

The front palate is rich and creamy vanilla (mild) and fruit that transitions into charred baking spice and red pepper mid-palate. With just a drop of water those fruit notes sing.

Finish – 91 out of 100 Points

This is a classic Kentucky hug. Subtle sweetness overtaken by heat and black pepper spice.

Verdict – Silver 91.3 out of 100 Points

I love Teresa’s for those rich sweet notes balanced with a bold spiciness. Drink it neat if you enjoy the burn. Add a drop of water to bloom the sweet notes.

#4 – Booker’s Bourbon 2019-04 Beaten Biscuits

Booker's Batch 2019-04 Beaten Biscuits

Beaten Biscuits was produced on a single date and stored in two warehouses in three locations.

  • 47% came from the 6th floor of 9-story warehouse H
  • 11% came from the 4th floor of 7-story warehouse P
  • 42% came from the 5th floor of 7-story warehouse P

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