For the first time since 2013, an American whisky has taken the crown for "World Whisky of the Year" in Jim Murray’s latest 2017 Whisky Bible. This limited edition rye whisky comes from Booker’s, America’s much loved legendary bourbon brand.
Booker’s Rye is the first-ever and one-time release of a rye whisky in the straight-from-the-barrel, uncut and unfiltered Booker’s Bourbon style, made famous by Jim Beam’s grandson, the late Master Distiller Booker Noe. This rye whisky is from a single run Booker laid down in 2003, a year before he passed on. It was to be one his final experiments in creating a rye whisky, featuring a never before released rye mashbill comprising 70% rye, 30% corn and malted barley.
It is aged for precisely 13 years, 1 month and 12 days, which is the oldest Booker’s release to date. Due to the extremely small batch of less than 100 barrels, it is quoted that “Once Booker’s Rye is gone, it is gone for good.”
Nose: The first sniff confirms that this is a rye, with its sweet vanilla, complex spice and multiple layers of oak. Brown sugar, dark fruits, toffee, cherry, dark chocolate, citrus, cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper, ripe bananas.
Palate: Sensational. It burns, but that gives way quickly to a very pleasing multi-dimensional depth of flavours. Silky smooth in the middle, notes of sweet cream. More vanilla and oak creep in, plums, orange peel, apples, salted caramel. Very rich, complex and well-balanced overall.
Finish: Very long, warm. With notes of dried berries, spices, dark candy, fresh mint and oak.
Award: Whisky Bible 2017, World Whisky of the Year
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