Booker’s Rye Review

This is a 13 year rye recently released as a limited edition from Jim Beam. It’s bottled at 68.1% ABV.

Nose: Meaty rye with heavy oak laced with tobacco. Malt chocolate and grape cough syrup emerge after a bit in the glass.

Palate: Very oily – strong yeast and bold rye lead off with an herbal oak profile developing. Fairly subdued heat wise given the high proof. Bitter chocolate develops after a few sips.

Finish: Mostly rye and oak as the heat dials up here.

Rating: 87/100 – A solid rye, but a bit too dark and oak heavy all around for me compared to some other slightly younger ryes.

Value for the money: These retail for $299, and I’m very glad I passed at that price. There’s been a lot of discussion about the price and shark-jumping in the bourbon world. I’d have to agree with the critics on this one as in no way does this rye warrant that high of a retail price let alone anything above it on the secondary. Buy yourself a Colonel E.H. Taylor Rye for about 1/4 the price and call it a day.


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