Basil Hayden's Bourbon

Basil Hayden's Bourbon

(0.7l, 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

Flavor Spiral™

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cinnamon
rye
sweet
caramel
dry
corn
spicy
herbs
tea
What does Basil Hayden's Bourbon taste like?

The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in Basil Hayden's Bourbon and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.

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Bourbon must be made from a grain mixture that is at least 51% corn.

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
Aaron
Aaron,
Meh, it’s fine. Not particularly complex. Sweet cinnamon and rye tasting with a short finish that maybe has that tea taste indicated in the flavor spiral. Nothing special here
 
Ali
Ali,
Smooth and easy. Great taste
 
Kathrin
Kathrin,
Sweet with hints of caramel at first followed by spices and an almost burnt taste on the verge of being unpleasant. Rather one-dimensional with a disappointing short finish.
 
Brian
Brian,
Smooth, could easily drink in large quantities.
 
Christian
Christian,
Very present rye. Sweet from the beginning. Caramelly bourbon like after taste. Smooth, easy, light and enjoyable.
 
Michael
Michael,
One word smooooooth
 
Lee
Lee,
Not as robust as, say, Booker’s within the Beam brand. But then it isn’t intended to be (note 80 proof). The rye is personally appreciated, but for the seasoned bourbon drinker the finish is likely too short. Very smooth nonetheless, and would highly recommend for those new to bourbon.
 
Cynthia
Cynthia,
I liked this one - it’s smooth and drinkable neat. Gently sweet, and easy. Maybe a slight orange zest?
 
Gergo
Gergo,
That's a really great "every day" bourbon, very smooth and enjoyable.
 
Eugeniu
Eugeniu,
Smooth! Really enjoyable, like light through cathedral glass.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Schmoove!
 
Roxann
Roxann,
Never go wrong with Basil Hayden, always my go too. Has a bit of a burn at the beginning but finishes with a smooth smokey taste.
 
Scott
Scott,
Great flavor, hits slowly
 
Donavan
Donavan,
SMOOOOOOOTH!
 
Lance
Lance,
Consistent bottle after bottle.... caramel finish, very smooth
 
Andy
Andy,
Perfect blend of smooth and spice for a dangerously drinkable high rye bourbon. It’s the first bourbon I truly enjoyed drinking neat. And having several at a sitting happily. Well not the first. Michters all American was the first. But this is just smooth. If you try it you won’t be disappointed and if you like it try michters all American if you can find it.
 
Dane
Dane,
This bourbon has been at the top of my list for a LONG time. It delivers every single pour and will never disappoint. You can drink it neat, on the rocks or as a first-class cocktail and you'll always be satisfied. With that said, I'd strongly recommend drinking this neat with a splash of water to let it open up and do what a great bourbon does. All around it's a very smooth drink with a slight bite to remind you that you're drinking a top notch bourbon. It drinks like a bottle 2-3x's it's price point.
 
guest
guest,
Smooth average goto daily bourbon.
 
Robert
Robert,
A strong woody punch, with a long caramel finish. This is a drink to sip on your couch and relax with.
 
Antti
Antti,
It is an outstanding, intense, Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey with a spicy birth, & complex life that leads to a quick & dry death.
 
guest
guest,
Find it on sale sometimes. Killer whiskey for the price.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Good classic bourbon. Nothing special but always drinkable, any way. Best bourbon for mixing.
 
Courtney
Courtney,
This is my FAVORITE bourbon (for now)! Super smooth, a touch of sweetness and light. Very easy to drink.
 
Aljaz
Aljaz,
Very smooth and just delicious. Tried this a couple of years ago and now finally got my hands on it! Thanks Flaviar.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Good flavor but a little hot
 
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