Tasting Notes: Booker’s 2021-1 Donohoe’s Batch

Just shy of seven years old at 125.3 proof. Thin film and legs on the swirl. Color is a deep amber with mahogany flecks.

Nose has caramel and caramelized sugar, vanilla, and oak; nosing with my mouth open makes my mouth water. Mouthfeel is medium. The flavors are very classic bourbon; different from most Booker’s in that there is no real nuttiness on the palate. Where it gets interesting is the finish, with candied cherries, honied herbal tea, and lovely oak.

This is a very interesting release of Booker’s. It has been criticized in various bourbon groups, but I think this is a good release in its own right, even though it is different.

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