Quick Sips #5 – Booker’s Rye
Booker’s Rye is our 5th edition of Quick Sips. Quick Sips is our way of sharing our initial thoughts with you when we don’t have the time or luxury of enjoying an entire bottle for a review.
Paid: $83 at Silver Dollar
Color: Dark Caramel
Nose: Cinnamon, Pepper, Orange, Dark Red Fruit, Cherry, Plum, Vanilla, Spruce
Palate: Booker’s Rye opens with slab of spice that has been ground to dust on a charred oak stave. The blend of both oak and spice is much softer than I would have anticipated, less heat and more spice and I like it. As soon as you’re comfortable, the cornucopia of fruits shows up and sticks around. The finish has much of the same spruce the nose had and lingers for a quite some time. Booker’s Rye is very good.
Conclusion: It is quite obvious now why the Booker’s Rye has taken off, those who thought it was just the cool green wax were wrong. Whether you should pay the price or not is certainly a personal choice, but we wouldn’t be doing you any favors if we didn’t give our opinion. Though this is a top 10 rye for us, it’s very hard to justify a $300 MSRP and rumors are that it’s double that price in some places. Recently arguments were made that the “Big Boys” (Large Distilleries) weren’t experimenting, it’s safe to say they are.