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Every Baker’s Single Barrel Bourbon Reviewed [2021]

Oct 19, 2019

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Baker’s Single Barrel Bourbon was originally a small batch bourbon from Jim Beam. They kicked off the transition to a single barrel bourbon with a 13-year-old limited release bourbon. The standard Baker’s Single Barrel Bourbon releases are a minimum of 7 years old.

“Baker’s Bourbon has always been a bit of a hidden gem of our portfolio,” said Fred Noe, Beam’s 7th Generation Master Distiller. “With my cousin Baker’s blessing, we’ve decided to give his namesake brand a little bit of the spotlight it deserves. We hope the folks who currently enjoy Baker’s enjoy it even more as a single barrel offering, and that some more folks want to add it to their repertoire.”

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Baker’s Single Barrel Bourbon Review

Baker's Single Barrel Bourbon

Baker's Single Barrel 7YO Bourbon
Baker's Single Barrel Bourbon 7YODetails
Off the Still125 Proof
In the Barrel125 Proof
In the Bottle107 Proof
ABV53.5%
Mashbill73% corn, 13% rye, and 12% malted barley
TypeSingle Barrel
Released Fall of 2019
Age7YO Minimum
Suggested MSRP$70
DistilleryJim Beam Distillery
568 Happy Hollow Rd.
Clermont, KY 40110
ProsClassic Bourbon Flavors
ConsLacked Complexity to Push Over the Top
AvailabilityNationwide
RatingSilver 87.6 out of 100 Points
InventoryBuy It Now

As I mentioned many of these 7-year single barrels are older. This barrel clocked in at 8 years 6 months. It was barrelled Jan 2011 and released at the standard 107 proof.

Nose – 89 out of 100 Points

The aromas are classic bourbon — caramel, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Just a hint of rye spice. The flavors are classic but rich and deep.

Taste – 86 out of 100 Points

The palate is vanilla, oak, and rye spice with black pepper on the sides of the tongue. The sweet starts off the show but the oak takes over by the end.

Finish – 88 out of 100 Points

The finish is medium and is more balanced with cherry, vanilla, oak, and just hints of black pepper.

Verdict – Silver 87.6 out of 100 Points

The nose was promising. The palate didn’t quite deliver. It lacked the complexity and depth I was hoping for in an 8YO bourbon. The oak ended up being a bully on the palate. The finish returned to form. Just a choppy drinking experience.

Baker’s 13-Year-Old Single Barrel Review

Baker's 13 Year Old Single Barrel

Baker's Single Barrel 13YO Bourbon Limited Release
Baker's Single Barrel 13YO Bourbon Limited ReleaseDetails
Off the Still125 Proof
In the Barrel125 Proof
In the Bottle107 Proof
ABV53.5%
Mashbill73% corn, 13% rye, and 12% malted barley
TypeSingle Barrel Limited Release
October 2019
Age13YO Minimum
Suggested MSRP$100
DistilleryJim Beam Distillery
568 Happy Hollow Rd.
Clermont, KY 40110
ProsAmazing Value for Premium Aged Bourbon with Depth and Complexity
ConsNot Readily Available
AvailabilityNationwide
RatingGold 92.6 out of 100 Points
InventoryBuy It Now

According to Whiskey Advocate:

Jim Beam master distiller Fred Noe came to New York on Tuesday to launch the new Baker’s, and he told me that the 83 year old Baker Beam himself—former distiller at Jim Beam’s Clermont distillery, and cousin of Booker Noe, who created the Baker’s brand—selected and approved several single barrels in this initial rollout. Jim Beam will continue expanding on the Baker’s line in the coming years, potentially through wood finishes.

That’s amazing that Baker had such a thorough hand in this rollout, and I’m excited to see what they do with the brand and wood finishing.

Baker said:

“For 27 years, I’ve been proud to lend my name to Baker’s Bourbon, and I’m excited for this new chapter,” said Baker Beam. “Baker’s has always been enjoyed by people who know a thing or two about their whiskey, and I think our fans are in for a real treat as we let the character of each single barrel come through. Let’s get the barrel rolling!”

Beam’s notes state this release is “medium bodied with flavors of oak, toasted nuts and vanilla.” Baker’s 13-Year-Old Single Barrel is medium viscosity with an apple juice color.

Nose – 95 out of 100 Points

Charred oak, dark, rich caramel, burnt sugar, and toasted baking spices. It’s a complex and balanced nose.

Taste – 91 out of 100 Points

Black pepper and toasted baking spice that tingles the tip of your tongue and warms your mouth. The middle of the palate gets smooth sweetness. Oak rounds things out. Think a delicious and less sweet pecan pie.

Finish – 92 out of 100 Points

Black pepper and oak hit the back of the throat and warm all the way down. It’s intense at the start but quickly rounds out.

Verdict – Gold 92.6 out of 100 Points

Buy it if you can find it. It’s delicious. It’s not an overly sweet bourbon on the palate and finish. It’s a more complex baking spice, pepper, and oak. I’m usually a huge fan of fruit and caramel flavors in my bourbon but there was just something I enjoyed about this Baker’s.

Baker’s Small Batch Bourbon Review

Baker's Small Batch 7YO Bourbon
Baker's Small Batch 7YO BourbonDetails
Off the Still125 Proof
In the Barrel125 Proof
In the Bottle107 Proof
ABV53.5%
Mashbill73% corn, 13% rye, and 12% malted barley
TypeSmall Batch
Age7YO Minimum
Suggested MSRP$55
DistilleryJim Beam Distillery
568 Happy Hollow Rd.
Clermont, KY 40110
Proscoming soon
Conscoming soon
AvailabilityDiscontinued Fall 2019
Ratingcoming soon
InventoryBuy It Now

Baker’s used to be a small batch as mentioned, so why not share a review of the OG small batch? It’s all worth noting that a friend from a local bourbon group found an old small batch on the shelf in spring 2021, so they are out there. They are worth picking up if you find them. Without further ado:

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About Matty Sims

Written by Matty Sims

Matty Sims is a storyteller who loves bourbon. He has been drinking and studying whiskey for over 10 years. He has also been featured on sites like Bourbon Sippers, Explore Whiskey, Thrive Global and Inside Hook, partnered with dozens of distilleries, and reviewed hundreds of whiskeys. He has also created single barrel stickers for Bourbon Pursuit and Total Wine.
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  1. Matty

    I wasn’t disappointed with complexity.

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