That brings up an interesting question Snakster. Is it possible your enjoyment of Baker's was "tainted" by your previous pour of JR? Maybe because they were too different or even maybe too similiar while at the same time being different? Am I making even the slightest bit of sense?
I've just noted that I can have a pour of one Bourbon, move to another pour I know I like and not be able to get into it, and I've always put that up to the previous drink.
Just a thought.
I see what you're saying, and there may be a little to that. BUT I had had a pour of Baker's earlier in the day (when I opened it) with nothing before or after, and I still was underwhelmed. The nose had a strong rubbing alcohol quality that just wouldn't die. Only after I threw a cube into it that it became a little more tame.