Right before the 19th century started, one Basil Hayden left Maryland and moved to Kentucky. Now, he was no rookie; he was aMaster Distiller already, but he didn't know the rules of the Old Guard, so he used what he had on hand. He created a new breed of Bourbon with a high-rye mash bill and while the purists threw a few malocchios, the neighbors were mesmerized. Now, over two centuries later, the Noe family brings back the revolutionary devil-may-care recipes of Basil Hayden.
Their Dark Rye is a masterful blend with a fantastic twist: Kentucky Rye brings a baseline of spice and oak, while Canadian Rye takes the flavor further. And because Basil Hayden's are spoiling us, they put a bit of Californian Port in the mix. Not a Port finish, they added it. The result is a delicious Whiskey that is great both neat or in cocktails. But you know, try it neat first and submerge yourself into the delicate flavor.
So far it's my favorite rye. I like the amount of complexity vs smoothness. Just started exploring rye about a year ago, so I'm still learning.
Put in freezer and use as after dinner spirit
My favorite go to
Excellent and nearly on par with some of the Whistle Pig annual releases
Complex, earthy, smooth, and the right level of sweetness. Best rye I have ever had for the price.
Smooth rye. Has a lot of sweet undertones
Too sweet, but pleasant flavor and smooth and bold
Too sweet, creates an odd flavor.
Perfect blend of rye with just a hint of port wine. Makes for a very easy sipping rye and an outstanding Manhattan. My wife's number one choice for a Manhattan.
The port really mellows the whiskey without being intrusive. Luscious mouthfeel and low heat. The only liquor my wife drinks neat. If you want the bite and heat of a standard rye looks elsewhere. Perfect for a cold winter's night.
I love it
My new favorite
Fill bodied yet youthful and flamboyant
This is the smoothest, most delicious rye I’ve ever tasted.
Super smooth! Easy drinking
One of my favorite Rye's right now
Do not like this at all
I don't really like. The profile is generally sweet, with a really strange butter pecan kind of finish. Very odd and not at all what I hoped for in a rye.
Good nose, dark in color and smooth start to finish. Recommend Hayden Basil Dark Rye.
Rich and sweet, like a dark cake still warm from the oven. The sweetness of the port melds with the spiciness of the rye. The result is pleasant, but just a touch syrupy. Not your everyday rye. I usually pour some when my sweet tooth is wanting some dessert.
Rye on Rye is much better than Double Rye... a Fan of Basil Hayden’s... but not Double Rye
My favorite dark rye.
A blend of caramel, dried fruit, and oak, with hints of spice. Lingering dry finish with sweet fruit and rye spice aftertaste
Pleasantly surprised with the taste, smell, and flavor. Certainly exceeded my expectations and is a great whiskey for a bourbon lover.
This is exceptional stuff. Not quite sure how I feel about wine being added to the whiskey but the flavor is unique and tasty nonetheless
Wow! This is really good. Added just a splash of water.
Smooth rye with bold caramel tones. Port comes through on the finish.
Nothing special - lacks both the spice of a rye and the depth of a port.
This is a solid rye. Perfect combination of sweet and spicy. Finish errs on the side of smooth with an acceptable initial bite from the spice.
Too heavy for me
smooth, sweet, and delicious
Incredible! Not too sweet. Hint of cinnamon.
Really really good. Friendly, fruit and caramel forward nose and the taste explodes on the tongue before giving way to the dryness more often found in wine. Very very interesting pour.
I don't like how this one starts for me. Finish is good, but the beginning is just difficult to overcome.
This whiskey would be an easy bottle to finish in one sitting. It’s that smooth. Personally I like whiskeys a little spicier but this is pretty good. One note, it’s so mellow it’s better without ice to water it down.
Love Basil Haden’s but this is too sweet and fruity. Ok for mixing though.
Best whiskey I have ever had. It is my new #1!
A great after dinner spirit.
Really good. The flavor spiral shows much different than what I tasted. I also drink mine on the rocks with water. Sweet and smooth. Will be ordering a bottle for sure. Probably my top 2 favorites.
Best I have ever tasted
Sweeter whiskey that hides the rye spice. Good as neat or as a mixer
Awesome in old fashioned drinks. Love the spice flavors.
very sweet rye, port really shows in the bottle, good as a mixer for sweet drinks
The predominate flavor is port. Very odd taste.
Loved this rye! The port definitely smooths out the taste and makes for a great drink neat.
great for old fashioned
Odd flavor profile. Tried it thinking it was port barrel aged and not port infused. Not something I would order again, but may be for you if you like a lot of port and berry.
You first are welcomed by the caramel and floral aromas, but it isn’t strong— just enough to entice you to take a sip. It’s smooth, a good balance of the sweetness from the fruits and berries. As you sit waiting for the leaving flavor, the port wine makes itself known. The spicy part— or lack there of, only exists to tickle your lips and make you want to sip again. Very enjoyable. On second sip you can taste the port taking a bigger stand, and the “spicy” diminishes.
The spice is dominates the flavor profile but is complimented by the fruit and berry immediately following. Certainly not bad, not a favorite though
I’m a big fan of the Beam Distillery’s craft offerings, so I gave this a shot even though I’m not a fan of a Port. The smoothness helps to make this pleasurable and I notice a great deal of dried fruit. I’m glad I gave this a try!
Smell:. Stinging oak and burnt-ish Caramel.
Taste:Caramel, oak and spice forefront, barely a hint of dried fruit.
Finish:. Dry and lots of that rye spice.
Overall a great rye, with lots of that rye spiciness I love. On the rocks the heavy oak is diminished and rye spice amplified.
Enjoyed the smell. Hints of spice and smooth, no strong. Taste was very satisfying. Spice, orange and a bit of the Brandy lingers. Some may not like this depending on your taste preference, but nice for late night drink.
If we’re talking drinkability, this gets a 10. Remarkably smooth, and extremely accessible to the new or experienced whiskey drinker. I just can’t help but feel like I want a little more out of my drink. After three or four basil Hayden dark ryes, I’m left wanting. Especially for a rye, there is very little complexity or spice.
Much too sweet up front for my taste, borderline cloying, but has a nice spicy finish that at least makes it drinkable. Still, I find myself wishing it was just the rye without the port. Going to try in a cocktails or two to see how it mixes, but don't think I'd ever get this one again.
Weird after taste mixed with a bad fake syrup flavor makes this the worst Rye I have ever had.
One of the best things I've had. The port does not take a way from the rye flavor, it adds a little sweet and smooth.
Smooth sweet taste. No bitterness.
First time having dark Rye. Very smooth and sweet and this would be very good during winter months to come. I think it is a very nice Port and finish.
Love it for the smoothness, sweet taste and hint of spice. Definitely will have this on hand in the winter/holiday season.
Really smooth. The port is a great addition.
Wonderful sweet rye!
Outstanding drink, on the sweet side but not a problem for me. The problem is I keep drinking it and have a little to much.
First time having a dark rye. Very impressed
I like it! I find some people are put off by the addition of some Port wine (i.e. it's not just finished in Port barrels), but if you think of it as a bottled cocktail, it's quite nice.
I love the flavor of this the. Has a bit of sweetness that rocked the old fashioned I had. Now I drink it neat. So nice.
As smooth as you would expect for a Basil Hayden but still flavorful. Lots of fruit and a little spice. I don’t keep Basil Hayden on my shelf but this rye will do.
My favorite right now. Smooth, sweetness of a Tawny Port with a spicy rye finish. Smoke with a Blondie for a great pairing
Love it even more
I love what the port does for this whiskey.
Good but to hot
Super solid sipper. Awesome blend and def a go to for my shelf now!
It is my new favorite whiskey!!
Great! Smooth on the rocks!
Very interesting! So I smell the port and caramel notes. Goes down smooth but definitely tastes like drinking a bottle of port with a touch of rye whisky added. Not what you'd expect from a Canadian whisky, but extremely smooth and worth the price.
This is a good deal. Nice with a few rocks, or better yet in a Manhattan!
Incredibly unique, but the Port overpowers any rye spiciness. I'd rather drink a rye or a port.
A sweet easy drinking liquor that still has a nice spicy rye kick. I’d advise people new to rye start with this. It’s sweet but still high quality that won’t disappoint the rye initiated.
Definitely unique. The Rye Spice and the port hit at the same time.
Delicious and has many flavors to balance on the tongue. May be a bit on the sweet side for those who like a little bite on the tongue or enjoy the Rye side of whiskey. I treat it like desert and only have one.
One of my favorite one-off ryes. The port blend finish on this is amazing. It pairs will with steak and chocolate. What more could you ask for?
Really not that spicy. The sweetness of the caramel and berry flavors really come through. Delicious rye!
As a rye blended with port, expected a more flavorful taste. It has a nice smooth feel to it, although taste to me with port sweetness is closer to a highly refined Tennessee whiskey. The Two by Two likely more in line with my taste.
This might be my favorite rye out there right now. This rye is as complex and sweet. The port barrels truly impart something special into this fine whiskey.
Really liked this one. Very smooth and rich. Didn't taste much like rye, but was still very good.
I'm not a rye lover - or heck, not even much of a whiskey drinker. At least I wasn't until this Basil Hayden Dark Rye. This port-finished dark rye is amazing. If I could find it, I'd buy 10 cases of it right now. Seriously, it really is that good.
Nose is oak and berries the port comes through here. Pretty smooth not typical rye spice more of a citrus spice. The finish is All port sweet and fruity. Not going in my regular rotation will reserve for cocktails.
Smooth with notes of dried fruit at the end. Beautiful, rich amber color.
Smooth and delicious, unique to any other rye I’ve had but will be one I definitely keep in stock.
Smooth and Delicious!!!!
Smooth! I’ll be stocking this one in the home bar. Very easy to drink, sweet to the nose.
I just love this dark rye blend and I'm not normally a big dark rye guy. It's a very smooth drink and has become one of my favorite nightcaps.
The only problem I have with this bottle is that I can't find another anywhere near me!