From Beam Suntory, please welcome Baker’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. It’s a part of the Original Small Batch Collection, a distinction that sets it apart under the halo of the Jim Beam world. Baker’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is an aged delight, one that is proudly noted on the label with the “7” in plain sight.
While the label itself may look like something out of a winery, the contents within are a spectacular surprise for bourbon lovers. This small batch in particular boasts 53.5% ABV putting it at 107 proof, and for the price, it’s quite a bargain.
Unleash this spirit and you’ll discover what Jim Beam’s grand nephew was all about. Cracking the wax seal around the cork opens up the world of Baker Beam, the grand nephew of the Baker line. A special strain of jug yeast is used to craft this high-proof whiskey where a highly-drinkable experience awaits, beckoning with the smooth amber-caramel color within.
While it’s distilled to a lower proof, it then goes on to age in barrels for 7 years in small batches. That’s where it gets this distinctive coloring. It’s also the reason why it has such a specialized flavor. On the nose, you get a fruity mix that swirls with vanilla and caramel. The first sip invites a flavor of toasted nuts, orange peel, spice, caramelized bananas, and vanilla. It’s warm through and through, balanced by an undeniably silky texture that creates an ultra-smooth and sweet finish.
Warm oaky notes linger on the tail, a great burn indeed. While the sweetness may steer some aficionados away, because of the 107 proof content, it brings balance in so that sweetness isn’t cloying and comes off as an enjoyable pleasure. The intensive care that has gone into creating Baker’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is evident, a testament to the way of Baker Beam’s distilling traditions.
Never before has a tribute tasted quite so good. Perhaps it’s due to the small batch selection that goes into Baker’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. For generations, Jim Beam focused on high volume and now, that focus is shifting back to the roots of bourbon whiskey production. It’s highly specialized, paying full attention to those little details that whiskey lovers live for.
With Baker’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, it’s very clear that Beam Suntory found the balance between strength and sweetness in this 7-year-aged small batch production. True that there are other small batches under the Beam Suntory name, Baker’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is one that stands out with a higher proof and shorter aging time. It also boasts flavor that is worthy of having around on your shelf for those moments when you need to pause and unwind, or simply relish the moment of being in the good life.