Review #77. Bookers C97-A-31

Review #77 | /r/Bourbon Review #43 – Booker’s C97-A-31

The Schtick: This is an older batch of Booker’s from before the days of namin’ batches.

Distiller: Beam/Suntory

Bottler: Beam/Suntory

ABV: 63.3% ABV

Age: 8 Years

Distilled: January 31st, 1997, Clermont Facility

Bottled: April 2005

Source: Sample

Nose: Vanilla, caramel and a big hit of rich cinnamon and molasses. Mmmm Booker’s.

Taste: Tons of sweet caramel and molasses. This sure is a dram of Booker’s and I love it dearly. For the proof it’s complex and well blended without being an ethanol explosion. Very gentle.

Finish: Not as long as I remember from other, newer batches but it’s by no means short. It’s a lovely layering of vanilla and molasses with some chocolate and woody spice at the tail end.

Overall: Delicious. Doesn’t blow any new batches into a different zip code but it’s right up there and a true testament to solid Booker’s quality.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 7


1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect


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