Baker’s is beautiful to behold. Pour a few fingers in a nice tasting glass and take note of the rich burgundy brown color. That’s what 7 years of proper aging will do for you! Its strong rich color is matched by its strong nose. If this is your first time trying Bookers, I suggest you let it open up. Hell, I let every pour open before I jump in.
Set your snifter on the table next to you and you will still get aromas like your face was right in the glass!
Once my pour opened up, that familiar old wood smell that I love with well aged bourbons made me smile. You can smell every bit of the mash bill coming out of the glass: I smelled the baking spices from the rye, I smelled the ethyl from the proof, I smelled the warm biscuits from the malted barley. Let it open up and you get that sweet corn and caramel that makes your mouth water!
The first careful sip will make you see sounds and hear colors.
Baker’s is a big-bodied bourbon with a thick texture. If you rush in, Baker’s will smack you and own your sinuses like a Marine Corps gas chamber. But respect the Baker’s, and you are in for one of the better old style bourbons on the market. Love it or hate it, Bakers bourbon is interesting. Sweet and velvety smooth. Rough and dry. Tear jerking and mouth watering.
Citrus fruit flavors, pepper, cinnamon, and smoked pecans baby.
I was listening to B.B. King while I tasted this and uncontrollably burst into tears. It was that rough. It was that smooth.