Category Archives: Beam Brands

Booker’s – The Bourbon Guide

Booker’s – 7 year old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Jim Beam makes this bourbon which is made straight from the barrel and is totally uncut – if you couldn’t tell at 127 proof. Holy cow! Use this to start fires if you are desperate…. might be a great camping bourbon for that reason. A little goes a long way.

Batch number C03-I-16

63.7% (127.4 proof)

Tasting on the rocks with a generous splash of water.  Sometimes bourbon tasting requires adding branch water to bring out the bourbon’s natural flavors especially at such a high alcohol content. Manly men might think differently, but we have nothing to prove!

$60 VA abc for 750ml

Booker’s – The Bourbon Guide review:


Rater Nose Alcohol Burn Taste Scale Overall Score
Jason Pleasant D +3 82
Tripp Pleasant C* +2 85
Rater Comments
Jason I like the smell and the tingle produced by its aftertaste but I must be honest and admit that I don't like required to add water.  As I taste and rate this bourbon, I am being constantly reminded that drinking and updating a website don't go hand in hand.  Drink Booker's to drink bourbon not while you must concentrate.
Tripp A little Virginia branch water can turn jet fuel into a drinkable delicious bourbon.  If you add enough water the burn is diluted and the sweet flavor is able to shine.  Because of the dilution one bottle of Booker's might last you a lifetime.


Maker’s Mark – The Bourbon Guide

Maker’s Mark – 90 proof (45%)

This is the staple bourbon of our generation (the young winner generation!). The bourbon everyone knows, the bourbon everyone starts drinking and the bourbon the market cannot get enough of. The company was considering, but has since decided not to, a reduction in the alcohol content by 3%. This would have been accomplished by adding water to meet the insane market demand. All bourbon drinkers know this brand and many still like it as a go-to drink. After trying so many Bourbons, many of our friends that are serious bourbon drinkers never buy it again. See our review and you will know why….remember we like sweet bourbon, not earthy spicy bourbon as a norm.

Tasting was done straight up, but this drink is better with ice.

$29 for 750ml

Maker’s Mark – The Bourbon Guide review:


Rater Nose Alcohol Burn Taste Scale Overall Score
Jason Neutral C -5 73
Tripp Neutral B -6 71
Rater Comments
Jason Somehow you feel compelled to own it- but as soon as you buy another bourbon you will never drink it. You will feel guilty and always suggest this drink for your friends and offer it to others, but never touch it yourself. Spicy and shallow.
Tripp The staple whiskey that made me originally love bourbon (over scotch and other whiskey.) The more bourbon I drink the harder it is to ever go back. This represents my C drink, passing but not a good grade. This is a friends and family drink only, and the bottle I have now will eventually be given away. You have to really like the earth and spice flavor of bourbon, as well as the tobacco and wood flavor. If people suggest that this is a sweet bourbon, they have clearly not tried some of the other Bourbons on the market (or compare it to Jack Daniels or Jim Beam.. yuck!) I would take most anything over this…even wine!