Small Batch Bourbon Among Beam Suntory’s Whisk(e)y Brands Awarded for Their Dedication to Craftsmanship and Excellence

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Beam Suntory, the world’s third largest premium spirits company, is proud to announce the prestigious accolade awarded to Booker’s® Bourbon in “Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2016.” Named winner of the “9 Years & Under” Bourbon category, Booker’s Bourbon was among thousands of whiskies that were tasted by Murray throughout the year for inclusion in his forthcoming “Whisky Bible 2016.”

“This award is a true honor and testament to the innovation of my dad, Booker Noe, who created his namesake bourbon decades ago,” said Fred Noe, Jim Beam’s 7th Generation Master Distiller. “I’m sure Booker’s smiling down on us right now with a drink in his hand.”

Booker’s Bourbon is one of the few bourbons available uncut and unfiltered1. Created by Booker Noe, Jim Beam’s 6th Generation Master Distiller, Booker’s Bourbon is aged between six and eight years and bottled at its natural proof, yielding a robust and full-bodied ultra-premium whiskey.

This year, Booker’s Bourbon launched its first-ever limited-edition collection with labels that pay tribute to Booker Noe, his family and spirit of experimentation. Currently on shelves is Batch 2015-06, also called Noe Secret, which pays homage to Noe and his ever-honest approach to making his iconic bourbon. Created more than 25 years ago, the award-winning recipe for Booker’s Bourbon remains unchanged today.

“Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2016” also awarded accolades to additional Beam Suntory whiskies, including:

  • Laphroaig® Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky, currently celebrating its bicentennial anniversary, received the honor of "Runner Up" in the No Age Statement Single Malt Scotch category for its An Cuan Mor expression.
  • Yamazaki® Japanese Whisky swept the Japanese Whisky category, earning one of five spots as “World Whisky of the Year” along with the title of “Japanese Whisky of the Year” and “Single Malt of the Year (Multiple Barrels)” for its Yamazaki Mizunara 2014 (Japan only).

These acclaimed whiskies are among the 4,600 that Murray tasted in order to select those that would receive top honors and accolades for his 13th annual edition of “Whisky Bible.” All whiskies tasted were judged on nose, taste, finish and balance. For a full list of winners or to purchase a copy of “Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2016,” visit

About Booker's® Bourbon

Booker's® Bourbon was inspired by a 200-year-old family tradition and came to life when Booker Noe selected the first bottles of Booker's as holiday gifts for his friends and family. With its instant popularity within Noe's close circle, Booker's Bourbon was soon after bottled and made available on shelves for everyone to enjoy. Booker's Bourbon is one of the only bourbons bottled unfiltered1 and at its natural proof, which varies from batch to batch. Crafted in small batches and aged for six to eight years in charred oak barrels, which are stored in the center of the rack house, Booker's Bourbon is hand-selected barrel-by-barrel by Fred Noe to ensure every bottle contains a robust, full-bodied whiskey that has a taste, aroma and proof that matches Booker's whiskey preference. For more information on Booker's Bourbon, visit:

About Beam Suntory Inc.

As the world’s third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits that Stir the World. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company’s brands, including the flagship Jim Beam bourbon and Yamazaki Japanese whisky, as well as world renowned premium brands including Maker’s Mark and Knob Creek bourbons, Hakushu and Hibiki Japanese whiskies, Teacher’s, Laphroaig, and Bowmore Scotch whiskies, Canadian Club whisky, Courvoisier cognac, Sauza tequila, Pinnacle vodka, and Midori liqueur.

Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and entrepreneurial culture. Headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan. For more information on Beam Suntory, its brands, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit and