Burton James Rookie Season: Batter Up


Classification: American Whiskey

Company: B.H. James Distillers

Distillery: Sourced from MGP

Release Date: November 2022

Proof: 106.4

Age: Blend of 6.6, 6.9, 7.6, and 7.7-year-old whiskeys

Mashbill: Blend of four mashbills:

45.5% 7.7 Year Bourbon: 75% Corn, 21% Rye, 4% Malted Barley

30.6% 6.9 Year Bourbon: 60% Corn, 36% Rye, 4% Malted Barley

21.4% 7.6 Year Rye: 95% Rye, 5% Malted Barley

2.5% 6.6 Year Light Whiskey: 99% Corn, 1% Malted Barley

Color: Honey

MSRP: $65 (2023)

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Caramel | Vanilla | Allspice | Vanilla cream | Tobacco | Peppery seasoned oak


Vanilla custard | Baking spices | Peppery oak | Brown sugar | Sweet & savory


Rush of spice | Baking spices | Rye spice | Caramel | Hint of tobacco | Long


The sister batch to the distillery’s inaugural release, Burton James Rookie Season: Batter Up maintains a similar undercurrent slightly trading sweet flavors for savory ones.

According to the company’s press release,.“B.H. James Distillers and Burton James Uniquely American are the names chosen by the owner, Shawn McCormick, as a tribute to the legacy of his great-grandfather, Burton Hulon James (well known as B. H. or Huse). James played professional baseball from 1908 – 1919 when he and his wife, Estelle, settled on her family farm in Adairville, KY.”

Each batch of Burton James Whiskey is made up of less than 10 barrels, with plans to be released 3 to 4 times per year. Rookie Season: Batter Up is the company’s second batch, which was released as a sister blend to the first batch, Rookie Season: Opener. Rookie Season: Batter Up is a blend of six barrels that draws from the same four mashbills as the first batch, two bourbons, one rye, and one light whiskey, of which the complete details are laid out on this company-provided spreadsheet which also indicates a few of the barrels were used in both batches.

Similar undercurrents as the first batch lay the base for this second batch, with caramel, brown sugar, and baking spices being most prominent. However, some differences are present between the two batches, with Rookie Season: Batter Up leaning just a bit more into the savory and oaky side of the flavor spectrum. Notably, the yield per barrel for this second batch was slightly less than those comprising the first, which might have contributed to this. In any event, Rookie Season: Batter Up is more evidence of company owner Shawn McCormick’s attention to detail in his blends.

The sample used for this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy its respective company. We thank them for allowing us to review it with no strings attached.
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Written By: Nick Beiter

April 3, 2023
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