Score: 93 points
This whisky marks two anniversaries: the 25th anniversary of the launch of Booker’s in 1987 and the 10th anniversary of Booker Noe’s death in 2004. Booker’s son Fred and grandson Freddie selected the casks for this batch from some of the final casks laid down by Booker, which makes this batch just a bit older that the usual casks selected for Booker’s. It’s bottled uncut and unfiltered…just the way Booker wanted it.
The nose is intense and peppery with charred oak, honey, and a hint of vanilla. The taste is strong and spicy with black pepper and chili powder balanced by honey, vanilla, and a touch of molasses that comes out with time. The finish is dry and slightly oaky with hints of pepper and honey. Excellent! (March, 2014)