He may be soft-spoken, but Jim Beam’s grand-nephew marched to his own drum. In his heyday, Baker would show up for work at the Clermont distillery on his motorcycle, wearing a black leather jacket and his wide-brimmed hat. When this sixth-generation distiller retired, his cousin Booker Noe created Baker’s Bourbon in his honor, inspired by his passion for bourbon and maverick nature.
From still to rickhouse to bottle, a lot of things happen with Baker’s 7 Year Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Weather, length of aging and rickhouse placement all shape the distinct notes and flavors of each barrel.
No two barrels of Baker’s are the same. Each is as unique as the man the bourbon is named for. Each barrel sits in its own unique place throughout our rickhouses, patiently aging for a minimum of seven years to extract the notes of vanilla trapped within the charred oak.
And with Baker’s there’s no batching or mixing. Each bottle is filled from one singular barrel. Which means inside each bottle is a big, bold bourbon, full of tiny subtle details that change barrel to barrel.
NOSE: Concentrated, litchi nut, deep-roasted grain scents; aroma turns baked, buttery, oaky and almost brandy-like with aeration.
PALATE: Integrated, sweet, and slightly peppery; at midpalate there’s a sweet oak/vanilla rush.
FINISH: Spirity heat, vanilla extract, cake frosting, butter cream and resin.