The mix of grains, yeast, and seven years in new oak combine to give this bourbon a deeply mellow, richly flavorful, medium-bodied character with inviting aromas of candied fruit, vanilla and caramel. The palate is surprisingly smooth for such a high proof, with flavors of toasted nuts, fruit and vanilla. Enjoy with a small splash of water to release Baker's complexities.
| Wine Enthusiast 90 points (Jun 2005)
Opening nosings detect concentrated, litchi nut, deep-roasted grain scents; aroma turns baked, buttery, oaky and almost brandy-like with aeration. Palate entry is integrated, sweet, and slightly peppery; at midpalate there’s a sweet oak/vanilla rush that backs off prior to the finish, leaving behind taste traces of spirity heat, vanilla extract, cake frosting, butter cream and resin. Evokes thoughts of Cognac, in particular, from the Borderies district. Best Buy.