Basil Hayden's Bourbon

Basil Hayden's Bourbon

(1l, 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
  • Maturation
    New American oak barrels

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cinnamon
rye
sweet
caramel
corn
dry
spicy
vanilla
herbs
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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.

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Ratings & Reviews
Cameron
Cameron,
My go to bourbon when out drinking. Love it on a nice cube
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Sweetness is too strong on this one to me and the light body detracts as well.
 
Kale
Kale,
I love it
 
Paul
Paul,
A favorite. Soft, easy drinking. Long on taffy and caramel, long finish.
 
Tyler
Tyler,
Highly recommend if you’re looking for a decent priced treat yourself bottle.
 
Alan
Alan,
One of my favorite Bourbon's. Love to drink with a large molded ice cube and one of my favorite cigar.
 
guest
guest,
Favorite bourbon so far.
 
Kenneth
Kenneth,
My favorite Bourbon. Very smooth and tasty.
 
Chris
Chris,
Spicey and sweet. Favorite as of today
 
Dennis
Dennis,
Love to sip on the rocks. Very smooth.
 
Nick
Nick,
A great bourbon that will never fail me. I like my ice to melt a bit in this one before enjoying.
 
William
William,
nice, light, smooth...my go-to when I want to have a little bit more than just a sip. Super bargain when you can find it for under $40.
 
Rene
Rene,
Really great when you make an old fashioned
 
Rob
Rob,
smooth
 
Matthew
Matthew,
I love this on its own a spice makes for great old fashioned
 
Nate
Nate,
Superior smoothness
 
Elvis
Elvis,
This was an excellent drink with a splash of ginger-ale.
 
Steven
Steven,
This is my go to bourbon for straight up or old fashions. It is on the sweet side so don't over power your old fashion with simple syrup or cherry. Very smooth and a caramel aftertaste
 
Chris
Chris,
Very easy drinking bourbon
 
Rob
Rob,
This is my go-to and recommended bourbon for anyone starting bourbon or wanting to get a gift for someone.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Smooth. Easy to drink. Excellent value. My go to Old Fashioned bourbon.
 
Jessica
Jessica,
easy to drink and smooth
 
Terry
Terry,
Smooth. Not complex. Pleasant rye taste. Dry short finish. Would be good in an old fashioned.
 
Steven
Steven,
Perfect for pairing with a steak. Strong sipping, but smooth enough to have on a couple glasses.
 
John
John,
Burns a little hot for my preference...
 
Robert
Robert,
My first venture into Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Was not disappointed & will get more.
 
drew
drew,
love it. great daily driver, as well as acceptable for company.
 
Jeremy
Jeremy,
Extremely easy to drink. Sweet bourbon. Old ripe bananas and vanilla throughout. Not too complex, but tasty
 
Aaron
Aaron,
While I don't dislike Basil Hayden's I can't say I enjoy it either. It doesn't particularly stand out in any one way but it doesn't offend either. Overall I found the mouthfeel lighter than I prefer. On the palette the profile is very delicate with notes of tea, faint notes of fruit and vanilla, and slightly herbal. The finish has a very slight spiciness to it. It's very approachable and I'll leave it at that.
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
Mint and lite-rye on the palate with a coating of honey and a hint of nutmeg, finish is smooth and quick with a slight leftover spice. Following the end of the American Revolutionary War, Johannes Reginald Beam emigrated from Germany to the United States, and eventually settled in Kentucky County. At the time, Kentucky County was still considered part of Virginia, and was overseen by a military governor named John J. Bowman. After settling in Kentucky, Beam began harvesting corn and set forth a family tradition by distilling the excess grains he harvested into whiskey. Since then, seven generations of the Beam family have been involved in whiskey production for the eponymous company (the company is actually named after James Beam, who rescued it following Prohibition).

Part of Booker Noe’s Small Batch Bourbon Collection, Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is named after Basil Hayden Sr., a Maryland Catholic who led twenty-five other Catholic families from Maryland to Nelson County, Kentucky (near Bardstown, home of the Jim Beam) in the late 1700s. In addition to being a religious man — Hayden established the first Catholic church in what is now the Commonwealth of Kentucky — Hayden was also a distiller, and a pioneering one at that. While most bourbon at the time was made from a traditional corn base, in 1796 Hayden defied convention by mixing small grains into his mash, believing that the spicy rye flavors would provide a striking complement to the corn’s sweetness. Much to the chagrin of the traditionalist set, Hayden proved to be right. Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is made from a mash very similar to the recipe Hayden himself developed in 1796.
 
Evan
Evan,
Solid bourbon, easy to find. Was my first bourbon on the rocks after graduating from Jack and cokes.
 
Josh
Josh,
Definitely a rye kick paired well with a sweet background. A very tasty whisky especially paired with something sweet.
 
nicholas
nicholas,
Amazing taste, amazing price. Can’t beat a neat glass of Basil
 
Ben
Ben,
Smooth and easy.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Great for the price. Raw carrots, honey, banana, and clove on the nose. Nice initial smooth and sweet taste in the palate. Decent finish. Overall a very decent bourbon under $40.
 
Jason
Jason,
Excellent for the price. Sweet finish
 
Gary
Gary,
About the smoothest out there! Great flavors with every sip, neat or over ice.
 
Bryan
Bryan,
Easy to sip
 
Gary
Gary,
Very smooth with great flavor. Little to no "burn". One that I will definitely revisit!
 
Tyler
Tyler,
Good solid well priced bourbon. Good daily drinker.
 
Jeffrey
Jeffrey,
Smooth. Clean finish. No burn.
 
Joe
Joe,
This a great Bourbon for making Old Fashions! Make certain you use the Lizzardo cherry's and not ever Maraschino.
 
Joe
Joe,
very smooth
 
Robert
Robert,
Very smooth. Easy to drink.
 
Mike
Mike,
Easy sipper, my go to old fashioned mixer.
 
Joel
Joel,
A light bourbon that is smooth and welcoming.
 
Mary
Mary,
Very smooth easy - not a bitter taste to me
 
Tim
Tim,
Solid bourbon
 
Dan
Dan,
My go to bourbon
 
David
David,
My favorite bourbon with a single ice cube.
 
Adrian
Adrian,
The smoothness and rich flavors were amazing. It was not so strong that your face puckers when drinking it but it does have that good taste of bourbon.
 
Joe
Joe,
Great bang for the bucj
 
Nicholas
Nicholas,
A wonderful, classic bourbon with a great caramel nose and a vanilla creme brulee on the palette.
 
guest
guest,
Smooth and helped define my personal flavor profile as a beginner whiskey drinker
 
Patrick
Patrick,
One of my favorites and a go-to in any bar.
 
Larry
Larry,
Very mild great sipping whisky
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Very smooth a little smoke, a little heat on the finish, for the $ hard to beat.
 
Scott
Scott,
Basil Haydens is a great go to, standard for my bar. I put it right there with a good Four Roses. Great Bourbon for a reasonable price.
 
Benjamin
Benjamin,
Great sippable bourbon
 
Burton
Burton,
Good core bourbon notes. Assessible, available and enjoyable for the masses.
 
James
James,
Another close 2nd to Widow Jane 12. Excellent choice.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Very smooth, no harshness on the finish. Oak and vanilla
 
DAVID
DAVID,
This is becoming my Go-To bourbon. My tastes lean toward a less-sweet bourbon or even a rye, and this one fits the bill. It is not overly-sweet, but has a great balance and just the right amount of spice. At the price here, I find it to be a good value.
 
Jon
Jon,
Great go to for all cocktails!
 
guest
guest,
Classic bourbon. Solid choice.
 
Thomas
Thomas,
Bold, long finish. Love it!
 
Lauren
Lauren,
Extremely smooth, almost too smooth - I drink it too fast. The cinnamon is a unique touch.
 
Grant
Grant,
Surprisingly good, present from Chris Sal. Solid choice in my top 10.
 
Eric
Eric,
Smooth, decent all around flavor. Drink in smallish sips.
 
Tom
Tom,
Smooth and a great finish. I enjoy this one often and can find it at a reasonable price in most places.
 
Colton
Colton,
Just damn good bourbon
 
Matthew
Matthew,
A nice sweet bourbon. Great in a cocktail or on its own.
 
Johnathan
Johnathan,
Smooth and complex everything you need in a mid level price point bourbon!
 
Corby
Corby,
Love it, smooth and easy to drink
 
Robert
Robert,
Very smooth. Great for the price. It’s like that one friend you hang out with: not the most complex, but always a good guy.
 
Lewis
Lewis,
Good general bourbon.
 
Jeremy
Jeremy,
The 'go-to' bourbon of choice
 
KayDee
KayDee,
Very smooth. Sweet with citrus notes. Very good
 
Troy
Troy,
Love it! Smooth as a baby's bottom.
 
Mason
Mason,
This is my go-to on bourbon. I always have this in my cabinet.
 
Hugh
Hugh,
Not bad. Not great
 
Geoffrey
Geoffrey,
If I had a daily bourbon, this would be it.
 
James
James,
Great sipping bourbon. Might be my favorite in this price range.
 
Sondra
Sondra,
Always a bottle in the bar. Impressive step up from makers for guests.
 
Todd
Todd,
This was a great gift. Smooth, strong bourbon.
 
Alex
Alex,
This is my go too when I just want to relax. Very smooth and classic taste. Love it!!!
 
George
George,
Super smooth and mellow, helped quite a bit due to being 80 proof. Has great flavor and great to offer guests that may not be ready for some of the more complex or higher proofs.
 
Travis
Travis,
Really loved this bottle. No real bite or burn, very smooth. Hint of caramel with just a hint of spice that does not overwhelm. Goes down easy, with a quiet finish and the slight memory of vanilla. Perfect for sipping on ice with a good smoke, or just enjoying the view.
 
Jason
Jason,
My all time current favorite, mellow with no bite. Perfect for any occasion.
 
Pat
Pat,
Absolutely love this spirit!
 
Laura
Laura,
One of my husband's go-to favorites. Sweet and drinkable straight. a crowd pleaser.
 
Don
Don,
Nice wheatie bourbon
 
Evan
Evan,
This is my go-to bourbon for most cocktails. This is a must-have for any home bars.
 
Jesse
Jesse,
Smooth and good value
 
Tim
Tim,
When I find myself talking to someone who is new to bourbon and asking for a good place to start, Basil Hayden always makes the list. This is a friendly bourbon that welcomes you like an easy chair by the fire with a piece of pie. It’s a simple pleasure and not too complex with just enough interesting notes to inspire the consumer to seek out other experiences. Cheers
 
Luke
Luke,
Nose: subtle, some rye, light oak, light spice, some honeysuckle Taste: rye, plenty of spice, brown sugar and leather off the bat, light finish with leather and some mint
 
Eric
Eric,
More rye than typical bourbon. Light smoke with fruity tones
 
Charles
Charles,
First bite but goes down nice & light
 
Bret
Bret,
Got this as a present from one of my good friends. Was immediatly impressed. Great vanilla, caramel start. Nice long spicey finish. This one goes on the must keep in stock list. Great price for a very good Bourbon.
 
guest
guest,
Great all around for the price.
 
guest
guest,
Has more Corn than Caramel. More Herbs, than sweet. But still a pretty good sippin whiskey
 
Jeremy
Jeremy,
Another bench mark. Staple will never be without. Light oak vanilla light spice
 
Jason
Jason,
It has become my "Go To" Bourbon, It is starting to become available at more locations every day, this one will make you come back for more!
 
Jason
Jason,
It has become my "Go To" Bourbon, It is starting to become available at more locations every day, this one will make you come back for more!
 
Steve
Steve,
Nice and smooth. Great for the price.
 
John
John,
Never again will I take a recommendation for a good whisky at liquor store from a non-whiskey drinker. Doesn’t even go well with cola. That’s all I have to say.
 
Alexandra
Alexandra,
This is just my favorite thing to drink at home, that's all.
 
Niko
Niko,
Nice, fresh and easy going, but not at all cheap in taste.
 
David
David,
Very smooth. Lots of spice. Very affordable for a quality bourbon.
 
Theresa
Theresa,
Amazingly smooth
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Great value on this bourbon. Excellent product that doesn't require you to break the bank.
 
guest
guest,
Great bourbon for the price. Lil spicy on its own. Really opens up with a few drops of water.
 
guest
guest,
Delicious
 
Johnatan
Johnatan,
Nice and smooth
 
Iain
Iain,
Beatiful flavor and fantastic on its own
 
Richard
Richard,
New whiskey drinker/wanttobeenthusiast).. everything I read said this was a great "new drinker" bourbon, so I bought it. Not really fair for me to downgrade it as I am a noob..lol. I smelled the caramel.. I noticed the spiciness. I read many say this was like drinking watered down whiskey (on other sites)... well, as a noob it wasnt "EASY" for me (seems I remember MMark being "easier" in my youth)... but it wasn't painful either.... cant wait to keep learning!
 
Antti
Antti,
It is an outstanding, intense, Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey with a spicy birth, & complex life that leads to a quick & dry death.
 
Shellie
Shellie,
Love this brand!
 
Pierce
Pierce,
Herbal with a little burn but a smooth finish.
 
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