Baker’s 7 year old is next bourbon that I am reviewing for you in the Jim Beam premium range. This is named after one of the members of the Beam family. Baker’s 7 year old takes the grown-up-ness of the Knob Creek up a slight notch by coming in at 53.5%. Based on my experience with the Knob Creek, I approached this one with caution… oh and also open with caution, the waxy seal is a nice touch but can be quite messy to pull apart if your bottle has been sitting in warmer climate.
Whisky: Baker’s 7 Year Old Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 53.5% vol.
Nose: Butterscotch, sweet popcorn, vanilla, cinnamon, bakery smell
Taste: Menthol, cherry, dried fruits, roasted nuts, demerera, charred oak
Finish: Alcohol and oak bitterness
Summary: This is more to my preference compared to Knob Creek. Baker’s 7 year old is very rich, heavy and concentrated and along with it comes that alcohol kick that can be a bit too much. I experience an alcohol burn in the finish so had to drink this with some water which helped mellow the alcohol and oak bitterness. The nose is very nice and exhibits traditional bourbon flavours but with more depth. This doesn’t directly translate to the taste and I found it hard to pick out the baked, butterscotch type flavours amongst the strong menthol and charred oak flavours. A decent grown up bourbon but lacking in finesse.
Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,
1 – not to my preference
2 – tastes fine but does not excite me
3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally
4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf
5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf
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