About – Baker’s is a product that has been in the Jim Beam craft portfolio for some time, but never seemed to receive much attention. Last year that changed when the brand went through a complete overhaul. Baker’s received new modern branding and moved from a small batch to a single barrel offering. It did retain the 7 year age statement (check the neck band most bottles I have seen are in the 8 year 6 month range) and stayed at 107 proof. Baker’s is available everywhere and will set you back around $60.
Nose – This is reminding of a nice bread pudding with loads of brown sugar, cinnamon and raisin. As you dig a bit deeper there are some minimal grain notes behind all of that, but bread pudding is the story here.
Palate – A blast of cinnamon heat leads the the way along with a healthy serving of oak. Behind that there is a nice sweet vanilla rounding things out. Finish is long and warm, a big spicy oak Kentucky hug.
Score – B-
Verdict – Overall the redesign of Baker’s has been good for the brand. The bourbon in the bottle hasn’t really changed in flavor profile, and I consider that a good thing. It is a pleasant drink I just wish it had a bit more complexity. It isn’t a bad buy at $60. I will probably buy another at some point, but you can find better bottles in the $30-$50 range.