The third release of the Booker’s® Bourbon 2020 Collection is Booker’s Batch 2020-03 Pigskin Batch. This batch is a nod to 6th Generation Master Distiller Booker Noe’s love of American football, which eventually became a whole family affair.
Booker was a good football player back in the day, playing both tackle and kicker on his high school team. He was quick for his size—standing 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighing close to 300 pounds—and strong from working as a farm hand growing up. Although he ultimately never pursued a college football career, he was talented enough to practice with the team when he attended the University of Kentucky as a freshman—a rare honor in those days.
Anyone who knew Booker knew his love of football. Whether it was his favorite team on the television or his son and grandson playing in the backyard, Booker loved watching a game and made the sport into a true Noe family tradition.
TASTING NOTES: Like all batches of Booker’s Bourbon, Booker’s “Pigskin Batch” was selected by 7th Generation Master Distiller Fred Noe to ensure it upholds the qualities and standards that his dad set for Booker’s Bourbon more than 30 years ago and that fans of the brand have come to know and love. Uncut and unfiltered(1), this batch was chosen with the following characteristics:
- PROOF: 127.3
- AGE: 6 years, 7 months, and 7 days
BATCH NOTES: Booker’s “Pigskin Batch” has a beautiful light brown color. The aroma contains brown sweets and slight vanilla notes. The flavor is big and bold with a finish that is long and warm.
SIPPING SUGGESTIONS: Booker’s “Pigskin Batch” is best enjoyed neat, over ice or with a few drops of water.
HISTORY: Booker’s Bourbon is one of the only bourbons available today that is bottled uncut at its natural proof, yielding an intense flavor and nose that is one-of-a-kind. Inspired by a 200-year-old family tradition, Booker Noe, Jim Beam’s grandson and 6th
Generation Master Distiller, first created Booker’s Bourbon as a Christmas gift for his close friends and family. Taking barrels found in the center-cut of the rack house, Booker bottled the bourbon straight-from-the-barrel, creating Booker’s Bourbon, a true barrel bourbon. Today, 7th Generation Master Distiller Fred Noe personally tastes and selects every batch
of Booker’s Bourbon before it is bottled to ensure that it matches Booker’s personal preferences for a robust and full-bodied whiskey. The 2020 Batch Collection features three batch releases, each released in limited quantities and featuring a unique label and batch name honoring founding distiller Booker Noe, his love of family and his spirit of experimentation.
Booker’s “Pigskin Batch” is available nationwide beginning in November in limited quantities with a Suggested Retail Price of $89.99 for a 750 mL bottle.
1 Booker’s® Bourbon is quality screened to remove only pieces of charred barrel wood from the liquid.