cinnamon
rye
sweet
caramel
white pepper
dry
corn
vanilla
spicy
Spiral Basil Hayden's Bourbon
Basil Hayden's
Bourbon
Tasting Notes
Color / Appearance
Golden amber
 
Smell / Nose
Spices, more spices with some herbal and tea fragrances
 
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

Flavor Spiral
Rye, vanilla, corn, cinnamon, sweet, caramel, white pepper, dry, orange peel
Price:
$54.99
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


  • Style
    Bourbon
  • Region
    Kentucky
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
    40%
  • Distillery
    Jim Beam
  • Bottler
    Jim Beam
  • Age
    NAS

Basil Hayden's

Bourbon

(0.75l, 40%)


8.1/10
Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of Basil Hayden's Bourbon
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.
anonymous
anonymous,
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.
anonymous
anonymous,
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.....
Rachel
Rachel,
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...😳
anonymous
anonymous,
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!
anonymous
anonymous,
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
anonymous
anonymous,
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...
anonymous
anonymous,
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
anonymous
anonymous,
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.
anonymous
anonymous,
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
anonymous
anonymous,
Very smooth. One of the smoothest I've had.
Rich
Rich,
Very smooth with full flavor
anonymous
anonymous,
Smokey nose. Agreeable bourbon for scotch goers who yearn for more complex flavor in a bourbon
anonymous
anonymous,
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.
anonymous
anonymous,
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.
anonymous
anonymous,
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.
anonymous
anonymous,
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.
anonymous
anonymous,
Favorite
Anthony
Anthony,
Very smooth and full body
David
David,
It is extremely smooth and worth every penny
anonymous
anonymous,
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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anonymous
anonymous,
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!
anonymous
anonymous,
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!
anonymous
anonymous,
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
anonymous
anonymous,
Very smooth.
Robert
Robert,
Excellent flavor and drinkability for the price. Great daily bourbon
Scott
Scott,
My favorite daily drinking Bourbon
anonymous
anonymous,
A new favorite! Glad it was recommended so highly.
John
John,
Awesome.
anonymous
anonymous,
Love love love
Emil
Emil,
Great taste!
anonymous
anonymous,
Amazing for old fashions
Jarrod
Jarrod,
Good Stuff
anonymous
anonymous,
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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