Baker’s Bourbon, Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Small Batch Bourbon, Sour Mash Whiskey, Distilled & Selected in the tradition of Baker Beam, Carefully Aged, 107 proof. So, what does that tell us? We know it comes from Kentucky, without any indication of how small a ‘small’ batch-size is and that – like most bourbons, it is created from a recipe using a small part of the previous batch. It was probably made at the Jim Beam distillery, we can thank the Gods they didn’t play basketball with the casks and they have chosen a rather high number to bottle their concoction.
Nose: from the get go, this is quite spicy with a mouthful of ginger, cinnamon, cloves and allspice, then a sweet layer of honey and a herbal touch of sage.
Palate: slightly mouth drying with a sweet touch of honey and sugarcane, black pepper spices and fresh grated ginger and nutmeg. Herbs like sage and basil and a touch of gingerbread.
Finish: nice and dry, but nothing too much, just like the the spicy bite of ginger and freshly grated nutmeg with a lingering mouthful of cinnamon.
Conclusion: A very cool. Or to put it better, warming. Lots of wintery spices and flavours, right up the alley of the season. If you would ask me, I would not hesitate to serve this with (or on!) a nice scoop or two of home made vanilla ice cream and a dollop of creamy chocolate sauce over a cookie crumble for Christmas dessert. I don’t really care about the size of the batch, the little details of what colour the distiller’s socks were at the moment of distilling, or what the warehouse men had for lunch, it is a very nice bottling of a very nice bourbon, and to me, that’s what counts.
.door number 20 of the Drinks by the Dram Bourbon Calendar revealed this dram. Thanks for sharing guys! I am sure this is to be found on our shelves sooner rather than later.