Price Point: $40 – $50 for 750 ML
Well, time to round out my reviews of Jim Beam’s Small Batch Collection. Most recently, I have rated the behemoth that is Booker’s. Before that, I gave a middle-of-the-road rating to Knob Creek, and a very low rating to Basil Hayden’s. So what does Baker’s have in store for me? Let’s find out.
From the nose alone, you can tell that this is clearly a Beam product, not unlike Knob Creek. Baker’s smells very sweet and syrupy, with some rye for good measure. Also very nutty and oaky.
This is a very tasty bourbon. Probably the perfect proof (for my palate) to enjoy neat; others may not agree. Baker’s embodies the characteristics of a great all-around bourbon: corn sweetness, oak, and rye. I’d love to taste a more mature version of the same recipe.
The finish is nice, but a little bitter considering how sweet Baker’s is on the nose and taste. This is the most disappointing part of this whiskey.
Rating & Recommendations
Baker’s is a solid bourbon, getting a rating of 87 out of 100 from me.
This is my favorite of Beam’s Small Batch Collection, but there is still something left to be desired.