The first release in 2023 of Booker’s Bourbon is Booker’s Batch 2023-01, “Charlie’s Batch.”
Every release in this annual whiskey line carries a unique name that alludes to the people, places and/or history behind the brand. This batch is named in honor of Charlie Hutchens, the craftsman behind the signature wooden boxes that each bottle of Booker’s Bourbon comes in. He is also a longtime family friend and former employee of Booker Noe, the company says.
Hutchens began his career at the Booker Noe Distillery. After several years, he left to open his own cabinet shop with his brother. Charlie made the first Booker’s Bourbon wooden boxes in his garage, and has created boxes for the brand since. He and his brother have since expanded their business to create other wood products for different brands and projects in the Beam family, such as supplying custom furniture to the new Fred B. Noe Distillery, where Booker’s Bourbon is now distilled.
Hutchens still lives near the Booker Noe Distillery, the company says.
Like all batches of Booker’s Bourbon, Booker’s “Charlie’s Batch” was selected by Seventh Generation Master Distiller Fred Noe, with the aim to uphold qualities and standards that his dad set for Booker’s Bourbon more than 30 years ago.
Uncut and unfiltered, this batch comes bottled at 126.6 proof. It aged 7 years, 1 month and 8 days.
Booker’s “Charlie’s Batch” has a well-aged amber color and a balanced aroma of oak, toasted nuts and vanilla notes without too much wood, the company says.
The suggested retail price is $89.99 for a 750-ml. bottle.
This follows the release of Booker’s Bourbon Pinkie’s Batch.