Baker Beam, the cousin to Booker Noe, and namesake for this expression from the Beam distillery, held some firm beliefs on how to make great bourbon. It only stands to reason that his standards would be upheld in the bottle adorning his name. From the Beam website:
Baker has always believed that the ideal bourbon is made according to three fundamental rules: First, it’s aged at least seven years to extract the notes of vanilla trapped within the charred oak. Second, a great bourbon carries substantial flavor. And third, when he tries it, he better like it. These rules might seem simple, but they make for one hell of a bourbon. And today, inspired by the living legend that is Baker Beam, we craft every barrel of this exquisite, 7-year, 107-proof, single-barrel bourbon with these things in mind.
Having always enjoyed Beam products, I wasn’t shy to grab this upon the release. While this product is aged-stated as a (at least) 7 years, it’s worth noting that the bottle we picked up is 8 years 6 months. Now, let’s dig in.