Baker’s Bourbon was introduced in 1992 along with Knob Creek and Basil Hayden’s as part of the original Jim Beam’s Small-batch Collection.
The whiskey is named after Baker Beam, cousin of Booker Noe, who started working at Clermont Distillery as a watchman and retired as distiller. The label bears Baker’s statement: “my bourbon follows Beam family tradition of putting our best secrets inside the bottle, not here on the label; I have distilled six generations of bourbon skill into this bottle, that’s a lot of good secrets”. Baker’s bourbon is aged for seven years and bottled at 107 proof (his preferable strength). While barrels for Booker’s are always selected from middle floor of warehouses, Baker’s includes small amount from the top floor.
Nose: rich and powerful, dried fruit, cinnamon, cloves, pepper, cocoa powder, toasted rye bread, vanilla, caramel, leather and lots of charred oak.
Palate: sweet and spicy, crème brûlée, toffee, vanilla, roasted almonds, cinnamon, cloves, hints of tobacco and leather and charred oak.
Finish: long and rich, with notes of caramel, cocoa, vanilla, bitter orange marmalade and charred oak.