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Jim Beam, Bakerís Kentucky Straight Bourbon (USA)
One of four whiskeys that comprise Jim Beamís Small Batch Bourbon Collection, Bakerís 7-year-old is named after Baker Beam, formerly Master Distiller at the Clermont Distillery in Kentucky, and great-nephew of the legendary Jim Beam himself. Baker Beam is also a cousin of the late Booker Noe, the distiller credited with pioneering small batch Bourbons. Bakerís is made to the standard Jim Beam formula but is presented at a higher alcoholic strength and is aged for a longer period of time. Vanilla fudge, Caramac bars, spice and nougat on the confident, rounded nose. Big and soft on the mellow palate, with fruity spices, caramel, and something close to a brandy note. Liquorice root and lingering oak in the leisurely finish. An ideal after-dinner Bourbon, which opens up nicely with a splash of water. 53.5% ABV, 70cl, £43.95, specialist whisky merchants.

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