The all-American bottle
It’s remarkable to see how Americans have come to re-embrace their native whiskey — that is, the corn-based delight known as bourbon. And Booker’s is about as definitive a bourbon as you can find. Courtesy of the Beam family, it’s an uncut (meaning high in alcohol) and unfiltered bourbon that bears the name of the late Booker Noe, the grandson of Jim Beam and the man who helped usher Beam into the modern era. Recently, Booker’s has taken to putting out limited editions — and the sixth one for 2015, dubbed “Noe’s Secret” ($60), has been timed with the holidays. Like others in the Booker’s line, it’s described as robust and full-bodied. In other words, quintessentially American.