I'm going to preface this review with the fact that Granny's Batch was the batch that really got me hooked on Booker's. I was sitting up one night getting ready to head to bed to rest up before a flight to Alaska the next day, and this nightcap pour totally took me by surprise. I was amazed at all the flavors. I knew this one was going to be special to me. Even for all my love of it; I still haven't sat down for a complete review of it... I will present my first impressions I had here, but stay tuned for a more in-depth review to come in the future before my bottle is empty.
Company on Label: James B. Beam
Whiskey Type: Bourbon
Mash Bill Percentages: 75% Corn, 13% Rye, 12% Barley
Age: 6 years
Further identification: 2020-01 Granny's Batch comes bearing a pink label in a wooden box with a batch information card
Nose is like smelling a big bucket of salty, dusty peanut shells. The shells specifically... Really great experience all around with cherry dancing in between the peanut shells. Traditional oak and vanilla notes with a tiny bit of zest in the background. Palate is super rich with a great mouth feel. Syrupy cherry peanut transfers well from the nose. It is thick, savory and twangy like a buttery Thai dish. Finish is the perfect combination of sweet and savory. Great overall proof point and experience with this.
I’ll admit this bottle can be hit or miss sometimes depending on oxidation levels and natural batch variation, but this hits the spot more times than not. Do you like this batch? If not, what is your favorite? Let me know!