As the story goes, after a short stint at the University of Kentucky, Booker hitch-hiked across America in hopes of joining the Air Force. After being accepted, the local police called his mom to verify his information. When Booker’s mom found out where he was, she convinced him to come home and work at the local lumberyard with Jeremiah Beam, also known as Uncle Jere. “Booker was strong, over 6 feet tall and never backed away from physical labor of any kind, so he was a natural for the job,” says the press release. “Booker gave 110 percent during his time at the lumberyard, which eventually landed him his first role working at the distillery. From then on, the rest was history.
“Since that first day, Booker held just about every job at the distillery and worked his way up to Master Distiller. Booker’s esteemed distilling career wasn’t given to him, he earned it. His experience at the lumberyard shaped the solid work ethic and curiosity he is known for.”
Booker’s Bourbon The Lumberyard Batch was selected by 7th Generation Master Distiller Fred Noe to ensure it upholds the qualities and standards that his dad set for Booker’s Bourbon more than 30 years ago. Uncut and unfiltered, the whiskey was bottled at 124.8 proof. It was aged for 7 years, 1 month, and 7 days.
On the nose, the whiskey offers hints of vanilla and oak. The palate is balanced with a touch of sweetness that leads to a pleasant finish. It is recommended enjoyed neat, over ice, or with a few drops of water.
Booker’s Bourbon is one of the only bourbons that is bottled uncut at its natural proof. Inspired by a 200-year-old family tradition, Booker Noe, Jim Beam’s grandson and 6th Generation Master Distiller, first created Booker’s Bourbon as a Christmas gift for close friends and family. Booker took barrels found in the center-cut of the rack house, and bottled the bourbon straight-from-the-barrel. Each batch of the 2022 collection will be released in limited quantities featuring a unique label and batch name honoring Booker Noe, his love of family and his spirit of experimentation.
Booker’s The Lumberyard Batch is available nationwide beginning in July in limited quantities and is priced at $89.99 per 750 ml bottle. For more information, head over to the brand’s official website.
Last month, Booker’s Bourbon unveiled the first batch of its 2022 Collection — Booker’s Batch 2022-01, aka “Ronnie’s Batch.”