Booker’s Bourbon has begun its 2022 series of limited, barrel-proof releases with Booker’s Bourbon 2022-01 “Ronnie’s Batch.”
All releases of this whiskey come with a unique title that references the people and places behind the brand. This batch is named after Ronnie Land, a longtime employee at the Jim Beam Clermont and Boston, Ky., plants, when Booker Noe was master distiller.
Ronnie worked at Jim Beam for 40 years, eventually making his way up to warehouse manager. His responsibilities included keeping inventory of aging barrels, and he had the quantities and locations by heart, the company says. He also knew where Booker preferred to store his namesake barrels, and was tasked with preparing samples for batch evaluation.
Once, Ronnie sent Booker a box of small samples to taste. Booker could tell immediately they were not big enough for a proper sense of the whiskey, the company says. Ronnie went back and prepared samples that were notably bigger. This became the standard sample size which 7th Generation Master Distiller Fred Noe and his son, 8th Generation Beam Family Distiller Freddie Noe, still use to this day.
Like all batches of Booker’s Bourbon, Booker’s “Ronnie’s Batch” was selected by Fred Noe. Uncut and unfiltered, this batch has the following characteristics:
- Proof: 124.3
- Age: 6 years, 11 months and 22 days
- Tasting notes: Booker’s “Ronnie’s Batch” has a rich vanilla aroma, the company reports, with hints of brown spice. It has a sweet taste, and a warm and pleasant finish.
Booker’s “Ronnie’s Batch” is available nationwide beginning in June in limited quantities with a suggested retail price of $89.99 per 750-ml. bottle.
This follows the final release from 2021, Booker’s Bourbon Noe Strangers Batch.