Basil Hayden's Bourbon

Basil Hayden's Bourbon

(0.75l, 40%)


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An experiment gone awesome.
 
Back in the days when George Washington was the first U.S. President and Kentucky State only but 4 years old, Basil Hayden was hard at work experimenting with the inner workings of Bourbon. 
 
“You can take the boy out of Maryland, but not Maryland out of the boy?”….Mr. Hayden’s early exposure to Rye in Maryland gave rise to a certain playful curiosity. Later in Kentucky he started making corn based Bourbon but with a higher percentage of Rye, with the result being a different, smooth Bourbon that to this day remains truly distinctive.
 
Basil Hayden's Bourbon Whiskey is aged American oak barrels and made from a grain mixture that is more than half corn, the rest is harmony of barley and rye. To add to this there are also a number of finer ingredients that highlight the attention detail of this small batch craftsmanship, but without overly affecting its broader Bourbon appeal. Basil’s Bourbon took risks bucking the prevailing trend 200 years ago, thankfully even today it still stands out as being different and bucking away!
 
Andy Warhol “Art is anything you can get away with” was an American artist and leading figure of the visual art movement known as “Pop Art”. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and advertisement during which they flourished in the 1960s. Being creative on many fields he worked with different celebrities and rock stars too, such as Lou Reed & the Velvet Underground, The Rolling Stones and many others. He lived a vivid life, nightlife included which often saw him willfully succumb to one of his favorite drinks, Bourbon
 
Is it any wonder that his lifelong city of residence, New York also gave birth to the Manhattan cocktail


  • Category
  • Style
    Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Region
    Kentucky
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
    40%
  • Distillery
  • Age
    NAS

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cinnamon
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spicy
vanilla
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Tasting Notes

Color / Appearance
Golden amber.
 
Aroma / Smell / Nose
Spices, more spices with some herbal and tea fragrances.
 
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Flavors of white pepper, orange peel, lemon and corn notes are offset by gentle cinnamon, rye spice and sweet caramel.
 
Finish
Dry and rather brief finish with a big bang of refreshing nice cinnamon pepperiness and light vanilla oakiness.
Ratings & Reviews
Ellen
Ellen,
A solid choice with loads of flavor.
 
Antti
Antti,
It is an outstanding, intense, Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey with a spicy birth, & complex life that leads to a quick & dry death.
 
Derek
Derek,
Nice taste. Good value with no too much Kentucky hug.
 
Al
Al,
My wife's great-great grandfather was named Basil Hayden, I have no idea if this whiskey was his name sake, but its high on my list of great bourbons.
 
Kris
Kris,
Fine, almost too mild though
 
James
James,
Smooth with very little burn . Can sip straight.
 
BILLY
BILLY,
4 stars
 
Steven
Steven,
This is extremely light and smooth. Couldn't be more pleased with how well this one finishes. Has a bit of a black licorice aftertaste, and I love black licorice!
 
David
David,
Extremely smooth
 
arne
arne,
there is something I really like about it (somewhat unique taste, super easy to drink, well balanced, sweet in the beginning), and something I don’t like about it (little weak in the middle, almost “watered down”)
 
Patrick
Patrick,
Tasty.
 
Jordan
Jordan,
Fantastic
 
guest
guest,
Good stuff
 
guest
guest,
One of my favorites. Always keeps it stocked.
 
JACQUELINE
JACQUELINE,
love it
 
Matt
Matt,
This is very smooth with good flavor, but not at all overpowering in any one area. I tend to drink on the rocks but have had it with whiskey sour or neat. It has virtually no alcohol burn and leaves a mellow, almost sweet and oak finish. My opinion anyway. Very, very good sipping whiskey.
 
Brian
Brian,
a breath of honey, charred oak, and toasted almond notes. beautiful neat, over rocks, or mixed into a cocktail. my absolute favorite spirit.
 
Allen
Allen,
A good, solid, smooth sipping and mixing bourbon. Good for a summer day or for a mint julep, and a good starter bourbon for new drinkers.
 
Kurt
Kurt,
Light sweetness, light spicy rye flavor comes through nicely on the finish
 
Joshua
Joshua,
Lighter side, less sweetness and carmel, more smoke and rust.
 
Bryce
Bryce,
Decent go to when at an establishment that has limited bourbon selections
 
Jeremy
Jeremy,
My go to favorite
 
Dan
Dan,
A simple, reliable friend.
 
Kendra
Kendra,
Like it
 
Brandon
Brandon,
I adore this!!!
 
Amanda
Amanda,
Easy to drink. Good for the price-point.
 
Nelo
Nelo,
great for simple cocktails
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Its ok. Was expecting better.
 
Darrin
Darrin,
Pretty smooth and flavorful with a mellow, lingering burn. Not too sweet or spicy.
 
Diana
Diana,
Sippable, light. Not as spicy. Smooth caramel flavor.
 
Dale
Dale,
Good for the price Good change of pace
 
David
David,
Strong pepper and cinnamon zing. Just a hint of sweetness.
 
Elliott
Elliott,
Perfect balance of vanilla!
 
David
David,
Very smooth.
 
Dante
Dante,
So smooth!
 
Todd
Todd,
Very good option for Manhattans and Old Fashioneds. The above average rye content and spice allow it hold up well with a few additives, but it is solid enough to still enjoy on its own or on the rocks. It is obviously not the best available, but better than most at that price point.
 
Talon
Talon,
Basil Hayden's is my go to drink of choice. I prefer it neat but it is also pleasant with a couple of ice cubes. Definitely one of the smoother ones out there with a spicy aftertaste that reminds me of the holidays.
 
Amanda
Amanda,
Has a smooth pleasant taste with a flat finish. You can easily find more complex and distinctive bourbons for $15-$20 less.
 
Charles
Charles,
I found this to be a very light weight, immature bourbon. The packaging is impressive, but from nose to throat to finish, it simply did not come through.
 
Brian
Brian,
Not bad, but I thought it would be better
 
Timothy
Timothy,
I love this stuff. Gives off more of a traditional Rye taste than most Bourbons and I dig the spice notes. Bottle looks good in my bar too.
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
Mellow, smooth. Beginner's bourbon.
 
Calvin
Calvin,
Great go too sipper at anytime
 
Justin
Justin,
Incredibly smooth and friendly. Strong caramel notes.
 
Antonio
Antonio,
Just tried it for the first time and it immediately shot to the top of my list.
 
chris
chris,
Swill
 
Alan
Alan,
Very smooth finish. Lots of caramel and vanilla, not too much heat.
 
Sean
Sean,
One of the better bourbons out there. It's flavor is distinctive and the cinnamon is notable but muted at the same time. Masterful blend.
 
Thomas
Thomas,
So many people like basil. It’s probably the most approachable bourbon I’ve tried. It’s very mellow smooth with a medium taste. For me it’s perfect over rocks.
 
Jeremy
Jeremy,
A nice medium bite, with mellow follow-through. Sure to bring a wistful memory or two about, when shared with good friends.
 
Kenneth
Kenneth,
Love it
 
Janes
Janes,
Has a nice oaky flavor but a sweet after taste
 
Garrett
Garrett,
Great burnt caramel flavor, very smooth
 
Kermit
Kermit,
Smooth with complex vanilla and honey notes, finishes well.
 
Mary
Mary,
Sooth oaky notes with a mild bite in the finish.
 
Nichole
Nichole,
Very smooth. More carmel notes. Another of my favorites on the rocks, with a steak
 
Jason
Jason,
This is my go to for quick Manhattan's. The price point and availability are perfect so I can drink it without worry of running out. All the flavors are there and the finish is what you expect from a Kentucky BOURBON at a higher price. This is certainly one to keep in stock for entertaining and more frequent drinks. It holds it own with the big boys, too. I'd love to gate an aged option available.
 
Elisa
Elisa,
Enjoyed by myself and many neighbors, especially during the Kentucky Derby, in a mint julep fashion.
 
Tim
Tim,
Love it!
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Very smooth. Almost too smooth, but very flavorful. Tastes like a rye although it's technically a bourbon. A staple in my cabinet.
 
Jason
Jason,
Love
 
Mr.
Mr.,
Super excellent.
 
Joe
Joe,
Very smooth finish with a sweetness nutty flavor
 
Thomas
Thomas,
Love basil Hayden
 
Shelley
Shelley,
Quite smooth excellent sipping bourbon!
 
Gary
Gary,
Excellent sipping whiskey, great introduction piece for people who aren't into whiskey or don't "get it" yet. Shows people what just a little bit more money gets them in terms of quality.
 
Danny
Danny,
Honestly can’t believe I got the corn tasting note right! Very good bourbon. Cinnamon, spice and everything nice...
 
Lucas
Lucas,
Dry, smooth, and perfect amount of flavor. Great hints of vanilla and pepper with huge cinnamon. Definite buy.
 
George
George,
A solid bourbon.
 
Chris
Chris,
I am new to Bourbon however to date Basil Hayden's is my go to.
 
Dowell
Dowell,
Love it. It is nice and smooth. Not too harsh. It is great on it own, with some ice or mixed with Ginger Ale.
 
BRETT
BRETT,
Go to for known taste.
 
Alice
Alice,
My go-to. Good for an old fashioned.
 
Michael
Michael,
Gently spicy and sweet. Perhaps a touch too subtle for drinking neat IMHO, but totally comes into its own in cocktails that accentuate the rye character.
 
Stephen
Stephen,
Vanilla on the nose and sweet on the mouth with a nice warmth in the end. Very nice.
 
Angie
Angie,
Smooth and very aromatic.
 
Keith
Keith,
Basil H is my all time "go to" favorite! It may not be the most sophisticated bourbon, but it's smooth and has a great taste that is just relaxing to me.
 
David
David,
Very smooth and not very complex
 
John
John,
This is a good bourbon for a novice like myself. It is smooth and not very aggressive on the tongue. I don't get a bad alcohol burn on the way down.
 
Ian
Ian,
Quite good for the price. I'm new to bourbons and looking forward to experiencing them.
 
Ken
Ken,
Loved it. You can taste the initial cinnamon followed by caramel and citrus as well as spiciness. This my second bottle and will definitely be buying more
 
Javier
Javier,
LOVE IT!!!! awesome sipping bourbon. Do not mix it with anything, please. Some leather, brown sugar and rye. The finish is way smooth with caramel and honey!!!!!
 
Gordon
Gordon,
Smooth, a bit sweeter than expected. Nice finish.
 
Quinton
Quinton,
Nice flavor
 
Paul
Paul,
This is a staple in my bar. I buy two so I never run out! First sip is spicy and finishes with caramel sweetness. Awesome!
 
bill
bill,
Always very smooth dependable deep rich taste.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Very smooth and mild. Great neat.
 
Micah
Micah,
One of my new favorites.
 
Matt
Matt,
Spicy but excellent on the rocks with a twist
 
Robert
Robert,
One of my favorites, besides, I’m a ninth generation direct descendant of Basil.
 
Michael
Michael,
Smooth, sip ot, kick off your night by the fire with it. Real nice flavor for the fall/winter, as advertised in the add, tastes the same as described. Not high-end, does not need to be and you will not find in the ABC in VA.
 
guest
guest,
Basil Hayden is certainly a Bourbon of exquisite taste. Very smooth and full of flavor, whether neat or on the rocks.. This Bourbon is certainly "Top Shelf" D. Blackshear Sr., Hinesville Ga.
 
Jeremy
Jeremy,
A nice sweet and smooth bourbon.
 
roberto
roberto,
light and smooth
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Very smooth and deep notes of woody flavors, smoky aromas and some kick on the tail end.
 
James
James,
Great bourbon with a smooth taste! I always drink it neat.
 
Joel
Joel,
I grew up and KY and love bourbon. This is one of my favs because it's a combo of spice and smooth.
 
Tristan
Tristan,
Pleasantly smelling banana candy and charcoal. Smooth, medium-bodied palate with honey and orange zest. Not like any tradition bourbon I’ve had... it’s more of a heavy-hitter to be consumed neat.
 
guest
guest,
At around $40/bottle, this is a sipping bourbon for sure. Tastes smooth, very little burn. Definitely enjoy this one.
 
Charles
Charles,
Smooth. Love the overall flavors of basil Hayden's. This was my 1st experience with bourbon.
 
Rodney
Rodney,
Nice and smooth and after a day of sipping, watching sports and reading to my disappointment my bottle was empty. My purchase for next month will have to last longer but this one was so good. LOL
 
Norm
Norm,
Smooth nice peppery spirit. Drink neat
 
Michael
Michael,
Excellent value, very smooth
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Always on my shelf.
 
SCOTT
SCOTT,
A great basic bourbon.
 
Gerald
Gerald,
Solid drink for the price
 
William
William,
Let me tell a tale.... I had ventured to the great city of New York in search of wonder and life, while on my journey I sought out an Irish bar this came in the form of Emmet o Lunneys. I asked the man behind the bar for many whiskeys of varying flavours styles and craft. He saw my intrigue and offered me a drink on the house Basil Hayden. This drink was a delight strong in flavour while not being harsh at the same time. Now every time I have this drink I am reminded of NYC the man behind the bar, the hospitality i received. This is why I have rated this drink as highly as I have for the memories it brings with every sip. While most will not understand my review I hope someone out there has the same experience as me.....
 
Michael
Michael,
My favorite bargain whiskey. Great straight up or in an old fashion
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Great spirit for its price point. A sweater taste with notes of caramel and less smokey flavors than a Maker's Mark style. Great in an Old Fashioned
 
Ethan
Ethan,
I liked this a fair amount... funny though my buddy "loves" it mixed with crab-grape juice...😳
 
guest
guest,
One of the finest bourbons on the market. Also, it seems that Basil Hayden is getting cheaper while other bourbons are getting pricier! At the same time, this distilled doesn't play the "limited amount in reserves" game that is actually killing the American bourbon market. You can go into a store and actually find Basil Hayden on the shelf. You don't have to special order it or jump through hoops. This company is steady, fair priced and produces a beautifully balanced bottle of bourbon...well worth the money spent!
 
David
David,
great Bourbon,love it
 
Tom
Tom,
Good but maybe a little over priced
 
Will
Will,
This is a perfect Bourbon, smooth with a perfect balance of heat. Strong caramel and vanilla with a perfect balance of space. This is my go to bourbon.
 
Andy
Andy,
I think this one is too light and doesn't have enough flavor. It's easy to drink because the alcohol just isn't forward.
 
Raymond
Raymond,
My daily "Go To" bourbon
 
Paul
Paul,
One of my very bourbons!
 
guest
guest,
Excellent, very smooth
 
Connor
Connor,
Love it
 
Michael
Michael,
Good but I can find better at this price.
 
daniel
daniel,
Great for old fashioned
 
Peg
Peg,
Light, sweet, tasty; gentle but rich flavor. Doesn't pack a punch, but a go-to for a pleasant bourbon.
 
Eric
Eric,
One of the better bourbon's I've tasted so far. Warm, with a little bite to it.
 
Faun
Faun,
Smooth and sweet. Refined flavors of the frontier.
 
Brandon
Brandon,
Was ok
 
Alan
Alan,
Very warm, spicy, peppery, honey, light-bodied, with a gentle bite and a clean finish.
 
Don
Don,
Interesting flavors and nice light taste
 
guest
guest,
Very smooth and flavorful with just a bit of spice in the finish. My favorite under $50 bourbon as of yet.
 
Nate
Nate,
we should also include the cost ratio when deciding how great something is, at about 50 bucks a bottle what better taste are you actually going to get in this world?
 
Craig
Craig,
Smooth, very enjoyable
 
Steven
Steven,
Very smooth and not overly sweet. The initial sweetness gives way to a short spicy finish
 
Parker
Parker,
The Tops.
 
Brandon
Brandon,
One of my favorite bourbons so far.
 
Tom
Tom,
Very smooth and great taste.
 
William
William,
I struggled rating this - excellent bourbon just a bit spicier than I expected. Flavor I can't quite place. Not bad, just different.
 
Jason
Jason,
Smooth. I enjoyed the taste. Great for an after work stress reduction. Be warned, you can be three drinks in before you realize you even opened bottle...
 
guest
guest,
Smooth
 
Jamey
Jamey,
As smooth as it gets!
 
Jon
Jon,
Well executed.
 
Dave
Dave,
My go to bourbon. This is an easy to drink very flavorful bourbon. As smooth as it gets.
 
Mark
Mark,
Fancy bottle, pretty good taste.
 
Chris
Chris,
Such a flavorful bourbon. With a long history. One of my favorites. I've sampled from three separate bottles, bottled 30 years apart, very consistent and taste and style. This is a bourbon you drink straight up.
 
Jeremy
Jeremy,
One of my favorites. Tasty and smooth. Easy drinking.
 
James
James,
One of my favorite Jim Beam products. Very smooth with very little back bone.
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Perfect bourbon to drink neat.
 
Bruce
Bruce,
One of my favorites
 
guest
guest,
Spicy yet smooth
 
Christopher
Christopher,
Decent and smooth.
 
Louis
Louis,
Short lasting flavour
 
Joshua
Joshua,
I hat a taste of this at an event and I thought it was smooth and I will be getting a bottle soon.
 
guest
guest,
Nice bourbon
 
Michael
Michael,
Delicious!
 
Nicholas
Nicholas,
My go to for company - sip all night simply awesomeness
 
Andres
Andres,
Very smooth not a lot of burn. Can drink this all night
 
Jay
Jay,
Great smooth
 
guest
guest,
Very smooth. One of the smoothest I've had.
 
Rich
Rich,
Very smooth with full flavor
 
guest
guest,
Smokey nose. Agreeable bourbon for scotch goers who yearn for more complex flavor in a bourbon
 
guest
guest,
High quality for the price. Very smooth. Great for bourbon beginners.
 
Dan
Dan,
My go-to Bourbon
 
Julius
Julius,
Extremely drinkable. Sweet and just a tad smokey. Light enough but with a backbone. Would make an excellent everyday bourbon.
 
Sarah
Sarah,
One sip and you'll be hooked. Can easily finish a bottle with a friend in one sitting.
 
guest
guest,
Great taste. Light and smooth
 
LD
LD,
This is by far the best bourbon I have tasted. Very smooth and refined - can sip it straight up, with ice or mixed with cola. Straight up is the best. Flavor is unlike any other - I keep two bottles on hand at all times now.
 
Andy
Andy,
Usually a cognac drinker, this bourbon is my go-to favorite bourbon. Smooth, tasty, refined. Neat or on the rocks, but I've learned that even mixed this drink is not lost.
 
guest
guest,
Very tasty. A little light for my liking but definitely enjoyable.
 
Chris
Chris,
It goes down very smooth. After taste has a little too much spice than I prefer. Overall, a good product.
 
Geo
Geo,
Great drink and easy to find
 
Christopher
Christopher,
Delicious
 
Taylor
Taylor,
One of my favorites, always a good choice for gift or cocktail
 
Meena
Meena,
One of fav, smooth always easy to drink
 
Armand
Armand,
Nothing special
 
Erskine
Erskine,
Pretty smooth
 
Steve
Steve,
It's a great go to bourbon, and Basil Hayden happens to be my 4th grandfather
 
Anthony
Anthony,
Add the creek water. Very smooth and easy to enjoy.
 
Ken
Ken,
Very smooth overall, easy to sip some sweetness. Meet your new rum and coke.
 
guest
guest,
Good drink, id buy it again and even drink it on a weekly basis. It's a good one to have in your cabinet for sure, perhaps even for non special occasions where you just want a quick drink for the group of people who came over. Good price as well
 
Benjamin
Benjamin,
Perfection ... by far my favorite
 
Nathan
Nathan,
Simply amazing
 
Daniel
Daniel,
For its price I find this to be one of the one of the greats! Smooth easy drinking it's one of the bottles of bourbon I recommend to most to people who aren't familiar with bourbon. This bottles an easy "go to" when I don't know what I'm in the mood for. Everyone I've recommended it to has fallen in love.
 
guest
guest,
Favorite
 
Anthony
Anthony,
Very smooth and full body
 
David
David,
It is extremely smooth and worth every penny
 
Crissie
Crissie,
Smooth. Not overbearing.
 
Garry
Garry,
The easiest sipping Bourbon I've met. This is the preferred entry point for those looking to start a trek through whisky. Mild flavor of a corn mash bill, low heat, and a history going back the Deadwood, South Dakota.
 
Jackson
Jackson,
I'm not a fan of the higher rye personally and I found it to be a bit weak in comparison to other Beam small batch offerings
 
sarah
sarah,
Favorite bourbon
 
Gary
Gary,
Smooth and a good price tag as well
 
Jeffrey
Jeffrey,
Nice less sweet bourbon
 
Casey
Casey,
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guest
guest,
One of my go-to all-time favorites. Smooth and flavorful, one of the best for the buck.
 
Scott
Scott,
One of my favorites! Smooth, and great tasting with two ice cubes.
 
Michael
Michael,
Smooth.
 
Dietrich
Dietrich,
This is a nice smooth drink, exciting to the palette
 
Scott
Scott,
Really enjoyed. Smoother than what I was expecting.
 
Zack
Zack,
Smooth as silk
 
Mathew
Mathew,
Can't go wrong.
 
Anthony
Anthony,
The subtle sweetness in this otherwise spicy bourbon produces a highly pleasurable drinking experience with a strong finish. Outstanding.
 
John
John,
I love the spicy notes that are in this bourbon, I will drink it on the rocks always!
 
guest
guest,
Easy to drink Bourbon. Very good.
 
Dr.
Dr.,
Amazing neat and on the rocks. Smooth as silk with a very subtle char.
 
Steven
Steven,
My favorite bourbon for making a Manhattan. So good!
 
guest
guest,
One of my favorite bourbons. Beautiful taste, very smooth finish.
 
Patrick
Patrick,
#1 favorite spirit
 
Chris
Chris,
Smooth start with a spicy after tone.
 
Armando
Armando,
As smooth a bourbon s has ever existed. Long smooth finish with caramel draw
 
Jake
Jake,
Amazing
 
Kriss
Kriss,
Little bite, but smooth
 
Jeffrey
Jeffrey,
Delightful taste experience, evaporated before passing my tongue
 
guest
guest,
Very smooth.
 
Robert
Robert,
Excellent flavor and drinkability for the price. Great daily bourbon
 
Scott
Scott,
My favorite daily drinking Bourbon
 
guest
guest,
A new favorite! Glad it was recommended so highly.
 
John
John,
Awesome.
 
guest
guest,
Love love love
 
Emil
Emil,
Great taste!
 
guest
guest,
Amazing for old fashions
 
Jarrod
Jarrod,
Good Stuff
 
guest
guest,
So so smooth
 
Vladimir
Vladimir,
Good stuff
 
Martin
Martin,
A good whisky. A bit high on the rye for my taste. I would value it at $45.00
 
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