Booker's- 2020 - 01 "Granny's Batch"
Master Distiller's Note:
This batch is made up of barrels from two different production dates that were aged in six different locations within four rackhouses. The breakdown of barrel storage is as follows:
24% came from the 6th floor of 9-story warehouse G
22% came from the 4th floor of 9-story warehouse H
16% came from the 4th floor of 7-story warehouse L
24% came from the 5th floor of 7-story warehouse L
10% came from the 6th floor of 7-story warehouse L
4% came from the 5th floor of 7-story warehouse P
I selected “Granny’s Batch” on a sunny, chilly January day and found the color to be a light chestnut with a beautiful sparkle as the sunlight shone through it. I thoroughly enjoy the nose of Granny’s Batch with spice and hints of vanilla coming through. The taste fills your mouth with flavor and warmth that spreads across your palate, and it has a sweet, lingering finish. I am very proud to name this batch for my grandmother – and Dad’s mom – who I know would have enjoyed her evening highball made with Granny’s Batch of Booker’s Bourbon.
The first release in the Booker’s® Bourbon 2020 Collection is Booker’s® Batch 2020-01 “Granny’s Batch.” This batch is named after an important figure in my dad Booker Noe’s life – his mom and my grandma, Margaret Beam Noe.
Known all my life as Granny Noe, Margaret was the youngest of Jim Beam’s children and the only one to have kids of her own. Although she never worked in the bourbon business herself, she certainly played an important part in keeping the bourbon family tradition alive from the fifth to sixth generation. She and her oldest son Booker were very close, and she was instrumental in getting him his first job at the distillery where he would go on to become Master Distiller, create his namesake bourbon (among others) and leave a lasting impact on the industry as a whole.
Granny was a gracious, patient woman who ruled the roost in her own quiet way. When she wasn’t keeping track of her kids and grandkids, Granny enjoyed a bourbon highball in the evenings, playing bridge with her girlfriends and making her famous nut cakes at Christmas time.
In her honor, I hope you enjoy this batch alongside close family, friends and long-standing traditions.
-- Fred Noe, Beam Family 7th Generation Master Distiller