Baker’s Single Barrel

BACKGROUND

Baker’s Bourbon. Finally getting a much needed makeover. With Jim Beam offering other great products such as Booker’s and Knob Creek Single Barrels, Baker’s seemed to fall by the wayside. Jim Beam decided to shift Baker’s from a small batch bourbon to a single barrel. The age statement of 7 years, as well as the proof (107), did not change.

Jim Beam Distillery has already seen the changes pay off. Baker’s 7 Single Barrel was listed at number 16 in Whiskey Advocate’s Top Whiskies of 2019.

STATS

The date this particular bottle was barreled was 01-2011. The barrel age is 8 years and 6 months.

The mashbill is made up of 77% corn, 13% Rye, and 10% Malted Barley.

Suggested retail price on this bottle is $60.

NOSE

On the nose, I get sweet vanilla, oak, and baking spices. Many in the bourbon community believe there is a common Jim Beam nuttiness note across all of its brands. I believe this Baker’s bottle is no different.

PALATE

The palate begins with typical flavors such as vanilla, caramel, oak, char, baking spices. The more that I sit with this whiskey, the more I really start pulling out chocolate chip banana bread. Banana nut bread might be a more accurate description.

FINISH

This bourbon has a medium finish that matches the nose. The baking spice starts to pick up on the finish as well.

OVERALL

The bourbon itself isn’t bad at all, but I believe at this price point there are a few other options that I would prefer. I definitely won’t mind this in my bar for now though. Cheers!