The world of Bourbon is anything but monochromatic. Although all of the Bourbons on our shelf share certain things in common (ie they are all at least 51% corn, they’ve all been aged in freshly charred American oak barrels, etc), each of these fantastic brown liquors has its own distinct style and character.
Bourbon can run the range from light and delicate to honeyed and sweet. Then there is another category all together. I’m talking about those rough and tumble Bourbons that have made it the legendary spirit it is today…those “put some hair on your chest” bottlings that awaken your sense with a slap on the face rather than a gentle whisper. Baker’s 7 Year Small Batch definitely falls into that brazen category.
One of four primary small batch bottlings from the Beam distillery (along with Knobb Creek, Basil Hayden’s and Booker’s), Baker’s is named after Baker Beam, the grand-nephew of the legendary Jim Beam. Aged for 7 years and bottled at 107 proof (53.5% abv), this is a bold, satisfying drop that delivers a warming kick to the chest in the best way possible.
From the first pour the rich copper colour beckons you in to the glass. The nose is powerful with robust aromas of barbecued corn, caramel and roasted nuts. This rolls slowly over the tongue with an oily texture, leaving behind traces of butterscotch, brown butter, burnt sugar and caramel corn before spreading a warming glow throughout your chest.
This is certainly worthy of a place on any brown liquor lovers shelf and in my opinion delivers on its $66 price tag.