The last Booker’s release of 2020, the Booker’s 2020-03 Pigskin Batch, was a celebration of Booker’s favorite sport and a segue into Football’s largest event of the year. Which made this late-last-year release not only a good release, as usual, but a timely release. Like maybe it was timed and named on purpose…
There’s not much to say about Booker’s that I haven’t already said, in the dozen or so previous reviews but before we dive into this bourbon review, here’s where all the barrels for this pigskin release came from.
- 32% came from the 4th floor of warehouse X
- 27% came from the 5th floor of warehouse M
- 15% came from the 6th floor of warehouse H
- 14% came from the 6th floor of warehouse L
- 12% came from the 5th floor of warehouse Z
Booker’s 2020-03 Pigskin Batch – Details and Tasting Notes
Region: Kentucky, USA
Distiller: Jim Beam
Mash Bill: 77% Corn, 13% Rye and 10% Malted Barley
Cask: New Charred Oak
Age: 6 y, 7m, 7d
Cask Strength | Non-Chill Filtered | Natural Color
Oak, cherry-heavy dried dark fruit, cocoa, leather, roasted nuts, honeysuckle, brown sugar, spiced and candied orange peel and a touch of vanilla. This is about as classic of a Booker’s aroma as you can get: oaky and darkly sweet with a candied and nutty underpinning.
Oak, cherry-heavy dried dark fruit, roasted nuts, cocoa, leather, honeysuckle, brown sugar, spiced and candied orange peel and touches of vanilla and herbal notes. A near carbon copy of the aroma but with the nuttiness sitting higher and a slight herbal punch that’s fairly unique to the Booker’s 2020-03 Pigskin Batch.
Long -> Oak, dried dark fruit, caramel, vanilla and peanuts that seems to fade for days.
BALANCE, BODY and FEEL
Good balance, full body and a heavy oily feel.
Booker’s 2020-03 Pigskin Batch – Overall Thoughts and Score
On the whole, I think the Booker’s Boston Batch has the most to offer of the 2020 batches, but this Booker’s 2020-03 Pigskin Batch is no slouch. This is the epitome of that classic Booker’s style that’s created fans the world over.
Whiskies like these are the reason people love bourbon, it shows the depth and complexity that can come from the combination of corn, rye, malt, yeast, water, new oak and time. This is definitely one worth getting.
*Disclosure: The bottle for this bourbon review was graciously sent to me by the company without obligation. The views, opinions, and tasting notes are 100% my own.
Booker’s 2020-03 Pigskin Batch Review
If you want a truly classic representation of Booker’s, this is it. This is what’s made this famous and why people love this series.