This is the second release in the Booker’s® Bourbon 2017 Collection – Booker’s Batch 2017-02, also called “Blue Knights Batch.” This batch is named in tribute to one of Booker Noe’s, father of current Beam Master Distiller Fred Noe, lesser-known group of friend: the Blue Knights® Motorcycle Club. They are an international brotherhood of active and retired law enforcement officers who share a passion for motorcycle riding and cruise together across the country.
As the story goes, many years ago Booker was invited to attend a Blue Knights’ rally in Kentucky. He eagerly accepted because, as he put it, you could never have too many police officer friends. Booker made fast friends with the Blue Knights, and before you know it, he’d invited all 300 of them over to his house the next day for a BBQ lunch. You can imagine Mrs. Noes face when he told her at breakfast the next day.
Booker reportedly went to every grocery store in town to host lunch for a crowd that size, but he and his family pulled it off, and it became an annual event each Memorial Day weekend. The Blue Knights even went on to name Booker an honorary member of their club.
Booker would be proud to honor the Blue Knights with their very own batch of his namesake bourbon as a tribute to the many years of friendship they shared. I hope you’ll join us in raising a glass of Booker’s “Blue Knights” and toasting to brotherhood and great bourbon.
Barrel / Warehouse Sources:
This batch consisted of barrels from four different production dates aged in several different locations within four warehouses.The breakdown of the barrel locations is as follows:
2% came from the 4th floor of 7-story warehouse ONE
38% came from the 7th floor of 9-story warehouse D
33% came from the 4th floor of 9-story warehouse F
27% came from the 6th floor of 9-story warehouse J
Color: Our darkest and deepest amber and henna color.
Aroma: Robust vanilla and caramel notes; slightly smoky.
Taste: Deep and complex flavors of vanilla, nuts and oak.
Finish: Long and full; perfect for easygoing sipping.