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Booker's unveils small batch bourbons

Beam Suntory has unveiled the inaugural batch of a limited-edition collection of Booker’s Bourbon to celebrate founding distiller Booker Noe's legacy as “the father of small batch bourbon”. One of the few bourbons available today bottled straight from the barrel, Booker's Bourbon will now feature limited-edition labels inspired by Booker Noe's love of bourbon, family and the spirit of experimentation. These commemorative releases will be available in limited quantities throughout the year.

Booker's Bourbon Batch 2015-1, named "Big Man, Small Batch", features a custom label inspired by the well known picture of Booker sipping bourbon in his rocking chair with his dog, Dot, by his side.

"Booker's was founded on my dad's dedication to making the very best bourbon there is, and I'm proud to honour him with this limited-edition collection," says Fred Noe, Beam's seventh generation master distiller and 2013 Bourbon Hall of Fame Inductee. "'Big Man, Small Batch' is the first batch to feature these new labels, giving our fans a little more insight into who my dad was and his love for creating great bourbon."

Uncut, like all Booker's Bourbon batches before it, "Big Man, Small Batch" is now available in limited quantities. Bottled at 128.7% proof, aged 7 years, 2 months and 16 days.

Culled from seven different rack houses, Batch 2015-1 blends the flavour tendencies of several small groups of barrels to create a complex bourbon with a vanilla nose.

RRP US$54.99 with distribution nationwide.

23 February 2015 - Felicity Murray The Drinks Report, editor