Classification: Straight Bourbon
Company: Beam Suntory
Distillery: Jim Beam
Release Date: August 2022
Age: 7 Years, 1 Month, 7 Days
Mashbill: 77% Corn, 13% Rye, 10% Malted Barley
Color: Dark Amber
MSRP: $90 (2022)
Pecan | Cedar | Cinnamon stick | Vanilla | Honey | Touch of malt | Bold & spicy
Butter pecan pie | Toasted graham cracker | Burnt toffee | Pear | Sweet & unique tasting
Dry oak | Licorice | Leather | Brown sugar | Cinnamon | Lingering leather/cinnamon soiree
Applying some unique tasting notes this time out makes “The Lumberyard Batch” a true standout Booker’s release.
According to the company, the second Booker’s batch release of 2022 is named in honor of Booker Noe’s pre-distillery years. Noe hitchhiked across America with plans on joining the Air Force. When his mother found out, she convinced him to come home and work at the local lumberyard with his uncle Jeremiah Beam, also known as Uncle Jere.
Moving to named batches in 2018 has helped differentiate the releases of Booker’s, and at the same time has added some fun and interesting information about the man the brand is named after. The Booker’s brand has maintained a high level of consistency both in quality and flavor profile over the years. For the casual Booker’s fan, it can be difficult to differentiate batches without direct comparison.
That shouldn’t be an issue with “The Lumberyard Batch.” Though it shares many flavors that Booker’s batches typically offer, such as cinnamon, brown sugar, and leather, it is the bourbon’s palate that is the star. Butter pecan pie mixed with toasted graham cracker and burnet toffee are topped with a pear note that is not only unique tasting, but also works extremely well. It’s a little atypical at first, as it will likely take some Booker’s fans by surprise. Hitting the 7 year mark with this release, combined with an approachable intensity despite its 124.8 proof point, makes “The Lumberyard Batch” one of the better and more memorable Booker’s pours of recent memory.