History: Jacob Boehm emigrated from Germany in 1760, changed his name to Beam and settled in the bluegrass lands of old Bourbon County which was then part of Virginia (it joined Kentucky later in 1792). Jacob sold his first barrel of whiskey in 1795. Since then seven generations of the Beam family have faithfully followed the time-honoured recipes and traditions. Jacob’s great grandson, James ''Jim'' Beam steered the family business through dramatic growth and then the tough times of Prohibition. After the repeal James (then aged 70) built a new distillery in Claremont, Kentucky and from this point on, the whiskey was called "Jim Beam Bourbon". Keeping up the great Beam family tradition, production is now overseen by Frederick Booker Noe III who is Jim’s great grandson.
Production: Booker’s began as bottlings of Bourbon personally selected from barrels by Jim Beam’s grandson, the late distiller emeritus Booker Noe. Each barrel of Booker’s Bourbon was hand-selected by Noe and was aged at the sweet spot on the middle floor at the centre of the rick house for between 6 and 8 years, then bottled straight-from-the-barrel Bourbon as gifts to close friends and family. In 1992 he decided to make it available to Bourbon lovers worldwide; much to the joy of spirit connoisseurs everywhere. Booker’s Bourbon is one of very few Bourbons available today that is bottled straight-from-the-barrel, uncut and unfiltered, yielding an intense flavour and nose that is one of a kind. Just like the man who created it. Booker’s delivers a complex range of intense flavours from oak tannin and smoky vanilla. Add pure distilled water to tailor the taste and finish to your palate.
Tasting note: Deep, rich, smokey amber. Big oak, vanilla, smoky charcoal, hints of mocha and coffee too. Delivers a complex range of intense flavours on the palate - fruits, oak tannin, smoky vanilla and tobacco.