Basil Hayden's Caribbean Reserve Rye

Basil Hayden's Caribbean Reserve Rye

(0.75l, 40%)


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$55.99
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An exotic blend of two aged Rye Whiskies and Caribbean blackstrap Rum.

Jim Beam Distillery — the integral part of mega-corp Beam Suntory — is one of the largest Bourbon producers in the world. Seven generations of the Beam Family have worked the stills there since 1795. The Jim Beam Distillery makes an unusually large number of offerings for it’s core Jim Beam line and several brands, including Red Stag, Jacob’s Ghost, and a selection of higher end “small batch” Bourbons — Baker’s, Basil Hayden’s, Knob Creek, and our Bourbon of the day, Booker’s.

There is a growing trend to blend Whiskies with other Spirits to achieve different flavor profiles. Basil Hayden’s Caribbean Reserve Rye takes that trend to a new level, and it works. This new release from Beam Suntory is a blend of eight year-old Kentucky Rye, four year-old Canadian Rye, and dash of Caribbean Rum made from blackstrap molasses. You end up with a Spirits that looks like a Rye and tastes like a Rye with a sweeter flavor profile and an exotic smokiness at 40% ABV. But is it “really” still a Rye Whiskey? Well, that really doesn’t matter at this point because you have an interesting twist that balances sweetness and spice in a fun, summery, and unique way. And we ALWAYS judge a Spirit by its palate.
  • Category
    Spirit
  • Style
    Blend of Rye and Rum
  • Region
    Kentucky
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
    40%
  • Distillery

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rye
spicy
exotic fruit
caramel
oak
brown sugar
molasses
herbs
vanilla
What does Basil Hayden's Caribbean Reserve Rye taste like?

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Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Medium Amber

Nose / Aroma / Smell
The Spirits has a distinct aroma of brown sugar, smoked oak, and caramel.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The flavor profile leans toward Rye Whiskey, but adds turbinado sugars, fresh cut wood, and an exotic fruit note that’s hard to pinpoint.

Finish
The finish is medium length and warm.

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Ratings & Reviews
Daniel
Daniel,
Greatest after dinner spirit there is
 
Jason
Jason,
Very different than other ryes. Has a heavy molasses flavor on the back that makes this almost a dessert whiskey. Very tasty but not what you expect from a rye.
 
Scott
Scott,
Deliciously smooth on the rocks
 
Chris
Chris,
too much molasses flavor dominating the whiskey. It made it very sweet.
 
Nathan
Nathan,
Unique whiskey. At different points in the taste you can pick out the bourbon, rye, and rum flavors of each whiskey in the blend. Really smooth. Good both neat and with a couple ice cubes.
 
Chad
Chad,
My wife and I really enjoy this one, so smooth. I like it neat, she likes one ice cube
 
guest
guest,
I absolutely love this. You definitely get ( on the palate) the rye, the herbs, there is vanilla and brown sugar, molasses (I assume from the rum) a hint of spice, maybe nutmeg. It is just overall my new favorite (hate the price though) mostly in part due to the fact that I am also a huge fan of rum. It is not strong, pretty mellow IMO, and it does not have a huge kick to it. This is just the perfect blend. I love BH.
 
Alex
Alex,
Love the mix of flavors and how the rum sweetens and softens the bite of the rye.
 
Mary
Mary,
enjoyed the rich vanilla and carmel notes. That Caribbean spice from the rum is nice touch.
 
Rusty
Rusty,
very sweet, taste of maple syrup and molasses. A great dessert sipper!
 
LYDELL
LYDELL,
Can appreciate some of the rum in the flavor smoky and sweet in taste.
 
Steve
Steve,
This was recommended by friends and they were right. This is a good sipping whisky witch has a great taste and wonderful linger.
 
jill
jill,
Delicious. A great rye that is taken to next level from rum finish. Just incredible from nose to finish. Could drink all day, any day.
 
Davis
Davis,
If you like rum and whiskey, this is the drink. A very sweet and vanilla taste with some caramel notes.
 
Jacob
Jacob,
Very strong maple syrup smell from the glass, a friend said it smelled like aunt jemimas. This is one of the smoothest ryes I’ve had, it has a sweet rum taste at first and finishes with a slight rye burn.
 
David
David,
The rum finish is delightful. Very "pirate" type. It's what Grog should taste like.
 
JOHN
JOHN,
Excellent flavors, extremely smooth
 
Joe
Joe,
Disappointingly rough for the price.
 
Anne
Anne,
Great
 
Tom
Tom,
Dessert drink? Way over done on the rum flavor
 
Stephen
Stephen,
Outstanding flavor. So smooth.
 
Mitch
Mitch,
I've never had a good whisky from Basil Hayden. This isn't as disgusting as the port finish blend they offer but this one is pretty bad! Tastes syrupy and gross - more like a liqueur than a whisky.
 
Michael
Michael,
Smooth, but the flavor of molasses is almost overwhelming. Not a bad whiskey over all
 
Dennis
Dennis,
Excellent flavor. I am more of a rum guy, but this Rye was more approachable than most.
 
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