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Baker’s vs Booker’s: Which Wins?

Discover the differences between Baker’s vs Booker’s in this head to head comparison and decide which Bourbon is better for You!

Baker’s Single Barrel 7 Year

NoseCaramel, vanilla, peanut, oak
PalateBaking spice, caramel, vanilla, oak
FinishLong, oak spice, caramel
Alcohol content107 proof (53.5% ABV)
How to drinkAdd water
Similar toKnob Creek Single Barrel

The nose delivers some heat at first, followed by caramel, vanilla, peanuts and oak.

On the palate, Baker’s has a good mouthfeel as it feels creamy. First sip is a bit warm, yet pleasing, rich in baking spice, caramel and oak. You also get the peanut note of every whiskey crafted by Jim Beam.

The finish lingers with a little heat, oak spice and caramel.

Baker’s drinks nicely, a little heat, but nothing severe as it drinks under it’s 107 proof.

This bourbon is well-balanced, making a good single barrel offering and a step up over the Small Batch.

Each bottle displays the date of barreling, the warehouse it was aged in and the exact barrel age which may be older than the 7 years stated on the bottle.

There are a few facts worth knowing about Baker’s:

  • Bottled at 107 proof.
  • Made from a mash comprised of 77% corn, 13% rye, 10% malted barley.
  • Baker’s uses a special strain of jug yeast that has been in his family for over 60 years.
  • Named after Baker Beam, grand nephew of Jim Beam.

Booker’s Bourbon

NoseVanilla, oak, leather
PalateVanilla, tobacco, stone fruit, caramel
FinishCherry and oak
Alcohol content126 proof (58% ABV)
How to drinkAdd water
Similar toNoah’s Mill, Knob Creek Single Barrel

Booker’s (Alternatives) has a strong nose, rich in vanilla, leather, tobacco and oak.

On the palate, it shows a good body offering initial sharpness that gives way to complex flavors.

Is rich in vanilla, tobacco, stone fruit, caramel, a dash of baking spice and the peanut note you get from the whiskeys crafted at the Jim Beam Distillery.

The finish delivers cherry and oak and lingering warmth, but is not harsh, settling into a nice glow on the mouth and in the chest.

Booker’s is hot and tasty, just a bit of astringency from the high proof but quite pleasant nonetheless.

Rich in vanilla, tobacco, leather and caramel without much sweetness which is a good thing for those like me who are not that fond of excessive butterscotch in a pour.

It drinks nicely straight from the bottle but if you feel the burn add a drop or two of water tuning-down the heat while bringing more sweetness and oak.

Adding a large ice ball also tunes it down but doesn’t allow sweetness to emerge.

There are a few facts worth knowing about Booker’s:

  • Bottled at 126 proof.
  • Aged between 6 and 8 years.
  • Uncut, unfiltered and straight-from-the-barrel or what I call the “Holy Trinity”.
  • Made from a mash bill comprised of 77% corn, 13% rye and 10% malted barley.
  • Booker’s receives its name from Frederick Booker Noe II who was Jim Beam’s grandson and master distiller for around 30 years.

Baker’s vs Booker’s: Price comparison

Prices are approximate and stated in USD:

Booker’s $120

Baker’s vs Booker’s: Which is better?

Price gives the edge to Baker’s

  • Differences between these bourbons are subtle as they are made using the same mash, aged for the same length and pulled from single barrel.
  • Booker’s is bottled at a higher proof that you can tell as it feels a bit warmer and unfiltered checking a box that is important for some aficionados.
  • The substantial price differential makes me prefer the Baker’s as you get most of the flavors at a steep discount.

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