Wednesday, November 20, 2013
With the rush to to buy new releases before they're sold out, it's easy to forget that there are lots of bourbons that are readily available. I always enjoy a chance to go back and try one of these, especially if I haven't had it for a long while. Baker's Bourbon, of course, is part of the Jim Beam small batch collection which includes Knob Creek, Booker's and Basil Haden. Unlike some products, Baker's age and proof haven't changed; it remains seven years old and 107 proof and is made using the standard (lower rye) Jim Beam mashbill.
Baker's Bourbon, 7 yo, 53.5% abv ($40-$45)
The nose has really nice rich oak notes with bubblegum and peanuts (like a day at the circus). The palate has savory oak notes and wood spice; it's slightly minty and quite complex. The finish has dry oak on the nose and sweet toffee on the palate.
To say I haven't been a huge fan of Beam products would be an understatement. Lately, even old favorites that I've revisited, like Booker's or Old Grand-Dad 114, have seemed to be in decline. Baker's, however, was actually much nicer than I remembered, with more oak and more complexity. It's definitely worth a second look.