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Bourbon Review: Baker’s

Baker’s 7 Year Bourbon:
Distiller: Jim Beam
Spirit: Small Batch Bourbon
Price: $44.95
ABV: 53.5%

Nose:
Up front is a strong, hot and spicy caramel aroma that clears the path for a slight finish of vanilla and musk.

Taste:
Once again strong caramel notes are present and are equally matched by notes of toasted nuts. There is a slight tobacco flavor in the background that add a nice depth to the bourbon. I am drinking this in late December, but this is certainly a bourbon that can be enjoyed year round even though there is something very “cold weather” about the palate.

Finish:
Very well balanced, medium, smooth, sweet finish with a slight spice near the end which hits your throat, opening up the flavor for one last note of spicy caramel.

Cocktail:
This makes a tremendous Old Fashion, Manhattan, and I can only fantasize about using it in my mint juleps on a sweltering Virginia summer afternoon. This is not so expensive that I feel guilty about using it in a cocktail; it’s delicious with a splash of water, and frankly I prefer it that way; but if you want a great cocktail, this mixes very well.

Bottle:
While I love the liquid inside – I do not care for the label. It’s got a good mix of old and new style lettering and style. However, it is either too busy, or not busy enough; it looks like they wanted to do a collage of images, letterings, etc, which would have been fine if they made a real collage with lots of images. Instead, they use about 5 or 6 seemingly random styles mashed together which ultimately produce an incoherent and amateur label.

Conclusion:
Richard:
This is one of my favorite bourbons. It isn’t too strong, but doesn’t take the back seat either. It’s incredibly diverse as a cocktail ingredient, and on it’s own, it is some of the finer bourbon that has ever passed through these lips. Also, this is not a seasonal bourbon. What I mean is that there are some bourbons which I really only enjoy when it’s cold (Booker’s), or when it’s hot (Maker’s Mark); Baker’s maintains its autumn flavors, but I can enjoy this any time of the year. Whether it’s a warm summer night when I get nostalgic about the crisp fall air, or a crisp autumn afternoon with orange and red falling leaves, I will reach for this bottle time and time again.

Reviewed by Richard Borean

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