This past year has been a banner year for Booker’s Bourbon. For three decades, the brand has been defined by two key characteristics: it’s a cask strength expression of Beam bourbon; and it is aged between 6 and 8 years. The introduction of discrete, named batches of Booker’s has allowed consumers to track the exact age of a given bottle, and during the course of the bourbon boom those batches have hovered closer to 6 1/2 years than to 8.
What made 2022 so noteworthy for Booker’s was that it was a year that saw three batches with an age statement over seven years. That meant Booker’s that was mellower this year, more like the “sucker puncher” of the pre-Bourbon Boom 1990s and 2000s.
The latest batch, “Pinkie’s Batch,” drops back below the seven year mark. Bottled at 122.4 proof (relatively low by Booker’s standards), this one is aged 6 years, 10 months and 10 days. So, relatively mature, but still not as aged as what has come out these last several months. The title “Pinkie’s Batch” is derived from one of Booker Noe’s nicknames.
Pricing on Booker’s is holding steady at $89.99.