MASTER DISTILLER NOTES
The first batch of Booker’s® Bourbon in the 2019 collection is called “Teresa’s Batch,” named for Teresa Wittemer, a beloved employee here at Beam for over 30 years in our Quality Control Department. This batch is made up of barrels from three production dates aged in nine different locations within four warehouses. The breakdown of the barrel storage is as follows:
2% came from the 2nd floor of 7-story warehouse 5
1% came from the 4th floor of 7-story warehouse 5
10% came from the 6th floor of 9-story warehouse D
3% came from the 4th floor of 9-story warehouse E
25% came from the 5th floor of 9-story warehouse E
25% came from the 6th floor of 9-story warehouse E
28% came from the 5th floor of 9-story warehouse J
3% came from the 6th floor of 9-story warehouse J
3% came from the 8th floor of 9-story warehouse J
Getting the tasting notes for this batch from Teresa herself was important to me. She works with our bourbon daily, and I wanted to get her description of the batch of Booker’s Bourbon that bears her name. I have to say, she did a terrific job describing the characteristics of this batch: “The nose is sweet with some hints of brown sugar and light oak, along with the vanilla that is characteristic of Booker’s Bourbon. The taste is unique, yet still unmistakably Booker’s Bourbon with a pleasant and warm finish, both sweet and spicy.”
“I’m happy to release the first batch in the Booker’s Bourbon 2019 Collection, called Booker’s Batch 2019-01, “Teresa’s Batch.” My dad, Booker Noe, always trusted his gut when it came to good bourbon - and good people. “Teresa’s Batch” is an ode to Teresa Wittemer, a distillery employee Dad hired on the spot after a quick 15-minute interview more than 30 years ago. She has been a part of the Beam distillery family ever since, working directly on Booker’s Bourbon to help me ensure every release is up to Dad’s standards and nothing short of the damn good bourbon people know and love.
With a background as a medical technician, Teresa puts her science background to good use for us here in Clermont, Ky. She’s worked in the lab and in Quality Control her whole career here, specifically helping me (and previously Dad) mingle barrel samples together so I can select the best Booker’s batches for bottling. She’s a hard worker, a friend and a pretty impressive taster too! I’m proud to honor her as a token of my thanks, and I know Dad would be too.
If I know Teresa, she’ll probably say all this isn’t necessary. But good people, good bourbon and a job well done is worth celebrating in my book.”
~ Fred Noe, Beam Family’s 7th Generation Master Distiller