Booker’s Head to Head: Tagalong Batch vs Country Ham


After my tasting with Booker's 2021-02 Tagalong Batch went as well as it did... I thought I'd try to compare it against one of my favorite batches of all time: Country Ham (2019-03). Let's see if it can hang!


 

Tagalong Batch

Company on Label: James B. Beam

Whiskey Type: Bourbon

Mash Bill Percentages: 75% Corn, 13% Rye, 12% Barley

Proof: 127.9°

Age: 6 years

Further identification: 2021-02 Tagalong Batch comes bearing a light green label in a wooden box with a batch information card


Country Ham

Company on Label: James B. Beam

Whiskey Type: Bourbon

Mash Bill Percentages: 75% Corn, 13% Rye, 12% Barley

Proof: 124.7°

Age: 6 years

Further identification: 2019-03 Country Ham comes bearing a light gray label in a wooden box with a batch information card

 

Tagalong Nose:

- Vanilla/marshmallow forward

- Cinnamon

- Oak

- Citrus/mint

- Chocolate

- Fruity


Country Ham Nose:

- Caramel forward

- Brown sugar

- Pepper

- Cinnamon

- Big citrus/woody/Pinesol note


 

Tagalong Palate:

- Apricot syrup

- Tannic

- Vanilla

- Dry oak

- Big, thick mouth coating


Country Ham Palate:

- Cinnamon

- Molasses

- Maple syrup

- Oak

- Tannic

- Peach


 

Final Ranking: Country Ham > Tagalong Batch


The old staple is hard to beat. I do think the Tagalong Batch is a return to a classic profile, but doesn’t have the same potent brown sugar ‘wow’ factor. I still thoroughly enjoy both pours.




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