Bourbon is known as America's “Native Spirit”, and on August 2, 2007, the US Senate declared September to be National Bourbon Heritage Month. In case you don't know the difference between bourbon and whiskey, we covered that topic last year.  This year we're celebrating by showcasing the Small Batch Collection by Jim Beam.

THE SMALL BATCH COLLECTION: CREATED BY BOOKER NOE, GRANDSON OF JIM BEAM

Jim Beam has also been making bourbon for more than 200 years in Kentucky. They make Knob Creek, Basil Hayden, Baker’s, Booker’s, Jim Beam, and Maker’s Mark. Last year it was sold to a Japanese company and its now owned by Beam Suntory, but its bourbon is still made in Kentucky. Booker’s, Baker’s, Basil Hayden’s and Knob Creek Bourbons are all part of the Small Batch Bourbon Collection by Jim Beam.

Booker’s is aged for 6 years, 5 months, and 25 days. It’s bourbon bottled is uncut at its natural proof of 125.9. This stuff is so good. It has a caramel and vanilla notes for a uniquely full body taste. The third batch in the Booker’s Bourbon 2017 Collection, Booker’s “Front Porch Batch” is named in tribute to Booker Noe’s appreciation for the simple things in life. For Booker, that often meant sitting on his front porch swing after a long day at the distillery.

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Baker’s is aged seven years and bottled at 107 proof. It utilizes a special strain of jug yeast which results in a silky smooth texture. Baker’s Bourbon is the “hidden gem” of the small batch bourbon collection, and is cultivated from a family recipe in honor of Baker Beam, Jim Beam’s grandnephew. Baker’s is a silky smooth bourbon with warm vanilla and caramel undertones with a sweet yet smooth finish, reminiscent of cognac. Aged seven years and bottled at 107 proof, Baker’s is richly flavored with a medium body, so its not quite as heavy as Booker's, while delivering a similiar flavor profile. Bakers Bourbon Whiskey Reviewed via USALoveList.com

Basil Hayden’s is bottled at 80 proof and utilizes twice as much rye in it as the other bourbons in the Small Batch Collection, which gives it a gentle yet spicy flavor. It's the smoothest and lightest of the Small Batch Collection, in my humble opinion. 

Basil-Hayden-Bourbon-Whiskey-Reviewed-via-USALoveList.com

Knob Creek is aged for 9 years and bottled at 100 proof. Knob Creek Smoked Maple Bourbon Whiskey offers a more prominent smokey flavor than its Single Barrel sibling. I prefer using this bourbon when I'm making a cocktail, as opposed to sipping it over ice. It adds a great deal of complexity to simple drinks like a whiskey sour. 

Knob Creek Smoked Maple Bourbon Whiskey Reviewed via USALoveList.com

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