ROXBURY, NJ - Best Cellars is sharing the first release of the 2018 Booker's Bourbon "Kathleen's Batch" collection, named in honor of Jim Beam Suntory veteran Kathleen Dibenedetto, by welcoming DiBenedetto to its Ledgewood store for a meet and greet and bottle signing on March 28.

The event will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Dibenedetto was involved by working at the distillery from the beginning. She learned the ins and outs of bourbon production, climbing her way to the top. Now known for being the first brand manager of Knob Creek, Basil Hayden, Baker's and Booker's bourbon, Kathleen has a level of expertise that is obvious.

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Due to all her contributions to the bourbon industry, she was inducted in the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame in September 2015. She is one of the few in very elite group of women.

On top of her achievements in the industry, DiBenedetto has been a part of the Beam business for more than 25 years. "Kathleen's Batch" is their way of honoring, appreciating and thanking DiBenedetto, "the daughter Booker Noe never had." Nothing could show the family's appreciation for Kathleen better than a batch of their namesake bourbon.

Relying on her bourbon knowledge, DiBenedetto herself selected Booker's "Kathleen's Batch." The batch is made up of barrels from five production dates and aged in several different locations within three different warehouses.

Discusing the bourbon, DiBenedetto said it presents notes of leather and floral honey. "I note some caramel and vanilla as I always do in Booker's,"  she said.

DiBenedetto chose to mix some of the flavors Booker's is known for with a bit of her own style she's developed in her time to create this special namesake bourbon. Rich butterscotch, brown sugar, dried cherries and a little allspice are in the mix. Even finishing with a nice balance of toasted oak with caramel, the batch is like DiBenedetto: Strong, sweet, rich and delightful.

Don't miss out on this very special occasion to not only taste this unique blend, but also to meet the woman behind it and even have her signature to commemorate this event.

Best Cellars Ledgewood is at 1001 US-46, Ledgewood, NJ 07852.  Call (973) 252-0559 for more information.