About Booker's Bluegill Creek Batch Small Batch Cask Strength Bourbon Whiskey
Following the end of the American Revolutionary War, Johannes Reginald Beam emigrated from Germany to the United States, and eventually settled in Kentucky County. At the time, Kentucky County was still considered part of Virginia, and was overseen by a military governor named John J. Bowman. After settling in Kentucky, Beam began harvesting corn and set forth a family tradition by distilling the excess grains he harvested into whiskey. Since then, seven generations of the Beam family have been involved in whiskey production for the eponymous company (the company is actually named after James Beam, who rescued it following Prohibition).
Booker's Bluegill Creek Bourbon Whiskey is named in honor of Booker Noe, the grandson of Jim Beam, and his affection for fishing bluegills. “It was unseasonably warm even by Kentucky standards on the day that I selected the barrels for this batch,” said his son, 7th generation Master Distiller Fred Noe, “and it brought me back to the hot summers that my dad and I spent together fishing for bluegill.” It is the fourth release in Booker’s 2016 Batch Collection.
Made from a mash of primarily corn, Bluegill Creek is carefully crafted using barrels from four different rickhouses and five separate production dates. The bourbon is matured in virgin American oak casks in Kentucky, where the temperature and humidity are the most favorable for maturing whiskey, for a minimum of 6 years, 5 months and 28 days.
As a result, Bluegill Creek is anchored by vanilla throughout, like other batches in the Booker’s line. It has a smoky-sweet aroma of light brown sugar, sweet corn, and baking spices, followed by a palate of popcorn, caramel, cinnamon, as well as hints of oak and peanut oil — though it’s a bit less nutty than previous releases. The finish is long, warm, and just sweet enough.
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Jim Beam's grandson Booker Noe couldn't wait to turn 21 ― not so he could start drinking, but rather distilling. Being 6th generation distiller with Beam blood coursing through his veins, as well as growing up in the heart of Kentucky, it was only natural. He worked for years as a Master Distiller, then started bottling his very own bourbon as gifts for family and friends after retiring. In 1988 he released the first batch of his namesake Booker’s Bourbon to the public, coining the phrase "small batch" along the way. Today Booker's is run by his son Fred and operates under the Jim Beam distillery. "Fred, make sure they don't mess with my Booker's," is what he requested of his son at his retirement.
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