Baker's Bourbon transformed to be a single barrel whiskey

The whiskey also gets a new design, but keeps its age and alcoholic strength

Beam Suntory has announced news about its Baker's Bourbon: The Whiskey, which is part of the company's Small Batch Bourbon Collection, will be newly released as Baker's Single Barrel Bourbon. This is not an additional bottling, but the replacement of the previous product Baker's Kentucky Straight Bourbon 107 Proof.

The alcohol strength of 107 proof (53.5% ABV) will be maintained as well as the age of 7 years. Because of the transformation to a single cask bottling, the tasting notes will change slightly from barrel to barrel, but the basic aromatic profile will remain constant.

As defining characteristics of Baker's Single Barrel Bourbon the press release lists:

  • Proof: 107
  • Age: Minimum 7 years
  • Nose: Fruit, vanilla and caramel
  • Palate: Medium bodied with flavors of oak, toasted nuts and vanilla
  • Finish: Robust, medium long, and warmly rounded

New design, same age and alcoholic strength

The change to a single barrel bourbon is also a change of the Baker's Bourbon’s design, which is reflected not least in the shape of the bottle. Instead of the tall, elegant bottle, the Baker's Single Barrel Bourbon is now presented in a slightly more distinctive, stockier shape.
In addition to the information 107 Proof and the age of 7 years, the label also shows details about each individual barrel, such as the date it was barreled and the warehouse in which it was matured.

Baker's Bourbon is named after Baker Beam, a great-nephew of Jim Beam. It was created in 1992 by Booker Noe, 6th generation Master Distiller of Beam. "Baker's Bourbon has always been a bit of a hidden gem of our portfolio," said Fred Noe, Beam's 7th Generation Master Distiller, according to an actual press release "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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