Charlie’s Batch is comprised of barrels from four production dates aged in four warehouses. The breakdown of barrel storage for Booker’s “Charlie’s Batch” is as follows:
- 3% came from the 5th floor of 7-story warehouse Q
- 17% came from the 4th floor of 7-story warehouse G
- 24% came from the 4th floor of 7-story warehouse Z
- 27% came from the 5th floor of 7-story warehouse Z
- 29% came from the 5th floor of 7-story warehouse 1
The color of this batch is pleasant to the eye, with an amber color of a well-aged bourbon. The nose is balanced without too much wood and with hints of oak, toasted nuts, and vanilla. This is the aroma that we always looked for in his Booker’s. The taste is balanced with a slight warmth and has a pleasant finish.
The first release of the Booker’s Bourbon 2023 Collection is Booker’s Batch 2023-01, “Charlie’s Batch.” This batch is named in honor of Charlie Hutchens, the craftsman behind the signature wooden boxes in which each Booker’s Bourbon bottle comes. He is also a longtime family friend and former employee.
Charlie started his career working at the Booker Noe Distillery. He was quite the storyteller and would entertain others with his tall tales throughout the workday. He also paid close attention to the details, doing something repeatedly until it was perfect.
After several years, Charlie left the business to open his own cabinet shop with his brother. Charlie handcrafted the very first Booker’s Bourbon wooden boxes in his garage, and he’s created every box for us since. He and his brother have expanded their business to create other fine wood products for different brands and projects in the Beam family, including supplying custom furniture to the new Fred B. Noe Distillery – where Booker’s Bourbon is now distilled.
Charlie still lives near the Booker Noe Distillery and enjoys fishing and vacationing with his family in South Carolina. Charlie is a worthy recipient of his own batch, and we are excited to honor him.