About a month ago, I posted a review of the Basil Hayden’s 8 Year Old Bourbon which I purchased as part of a Jim Beam Small Batch Bourbon sampler pack. Since I have already reviewed the Knob Creek Bourbon which was also included in this set, I am now moving on to the second review in this series, the Baker’s 7 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon.
Named after Baker Beam, grand nephew of the legendary Jim Beam, Baker’s® Bourbon is seven-years-old and hand-bottled at 107 proof. Embracing over six generations of distilling experience, Baker’s Bourbon utilizes a special strain of jug yeast that has been in the family for over 60 years. This time tested yeast provides Baker’s with a silky smooth texture and consistent taste from batch to batch.
Let’s jump into this review…
- Appearance: Rich amber color with thick, fast moving legs that form after giving it a swirl.
- Aroma: Has all of the classic bourbon notes, i.e. vanilla, cinnamon, and brown sugar. There’s also a bit of Rye whiskey type spiciness coming through.
- Taste: Somewhat oily mouthfeel. Although there’s quite a bit of alcohol heat, there is no harshness whatsoever. The cinnamon and Rye whisky style spiciness that I detected in the nose carries through to the palate, and all of that spiciness coated from the tip to the middle of my tongue. The finish is intense and warming, and it lasts for a really long time. There’s also just enough vanilla and brown sugar sweetness to give this whisky some balance.
- ABV: 53.5%
While I have had the other whiskies in the Jim Beam Small Batch collection on numerous occasions, for whatever reason, I have had limited exposure to the Baker’s Bourbon. Thanks to this sampler pack (did I mention that it was only $18?), I was finally able to spend some time exploring this whisky. I truly enjoyed the Baker’s Bourbon, and would definitely consider buying a full bottle. Smooth, flavorful, and definitely powerful, the Baker’s is a Bourbon worth owning.