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Booker’s C-J-06-86 Review (Dusty)

Last updated Oct 29, 2020 | Published Oct 2020


by Matty Sims

Booker’s Bourbon Batches from 1979 to 2007 had markings on the label for the barreled date. Starting in 2013 the Booker’s Bourbon Batches displayed the dump date, so Booker’s C-J-06-86 was barreled in October 6, 1986 and dumped in October 6, 1993. It is the 11th Booker’s Small Batch release.

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Booker’s C-J-06-86 in the Glass

Booker’s C-J-06-86 Dusty Booker's

Booker’s C-J-06-86 (Barreled 1986, Bottled 1993)Details
ProductionUncut Unfiltered
Mash Bill77% Corn, 13% Rye, 10% Malted Barley
Age7 Years
Price$59 (at release)
DistilleryJim Beam Distillery
ProsDusty Funk
RatingGold 98 Points
InventoryBuy, Drink, Savor

This bourbon coats the glencairn whiskey glass as I roll it around then thin beads roll down into a pool of bourbon.

Nose – 99 Points

The minute I pop the cork of this Booker’s batch the smell of caramel corns hits my olfactory system. The nose is well balanced with oak and lightly toasted baking spice. The backdrop is a pleasant musty leather note.

I sat and smelled this for 15 minutes.

Taste – 97 Points

Maple syrup and caramel start at the front of the palate and transition into oak and pepper with just a pop of sugar-coated strawberries and milk chocolate nougat

Finished – 98 Points

The finish is perfectly balanced. Maple syrup coats the throat. Oak and pepper tingling on the way down. Nice vanilla note to round it all out.

Verdict – Gold 98 Points

This Booker’s C-J-06-86 was an honor to taste. It’s craftsmanship at its highest and also epitomizes the flavor profile I love in Booker’s. The great Booker’s batches have strong caramel and vanilla notes but with complexity and balance that take them from ordinary to extraordinary.

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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