Booker's 2020-02 “Boston Batch” Kentucky Straight Bourbon, 63.25%

Price: $90 Issue: Fall 2020 Reviewer: Susannah Skiver Barton

Sweet toasted grain, almonds, frozen banana on a Popsicle stick, vanilla, and green tea on the nose. Without water, the palate is overwhelmed by its proof; add a generous amount and you'll find vanilla, almonds, toasted grain, sweet oak, green banana, and the freshness of mint leaves. The finish is sweet and velvety, with more almonds, toasted grain, and oak. Atypical profile for Booker's, but plenty to like.