Basil Hayden's Dark Rye

Basil Hayden's Dark Rye

(0.75l, 40%)


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$43.99
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It is pretty fly Kentucky Rye.

Right before the 19th century started, one Basil Hayden left Maryland and moved to Kentucky. Now, he was no rookie; he was a Master 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. 
  • Category
    Rye
  • Style
    Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
  • Region
    Kentucky
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
    40%
  • Distillery
  • Age
    NAS

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spicy
oak
caramel
berries
dried fruit
rye
sweet
port
dry
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Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Rich amber with ruby undertones.

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Opulent oaky notes with dark berries and molasses.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Complex blend of caramel, dried fruit, and oak, with hints of spice.

Finish
Lingering dry finish with sweet fruit and rye spice aftertaste. 
Ratings & Reviews
Bryan
Bryan,
I was hoping for more of a finished in port barrels. I typically love Basil Haydens and their rye is great but cutting it will port just is not my flavor.
 
Neil
Neil,
Good whiskey in the medium price range. The only dark rye I have tried, but I was impressed. Very smooth with good finish.
 
Stefan
Stefan,
My go to whiskey
 
Steve
Steve,
Love this. Won a $500 raffle basket and it had Basil Hayden Dark Rye and others. Wife and I immediately fell in love with it.
 
Candace
Candace,
Best old fashioned base ever
 
Anita
Anita,
I don't normally mix a dark rye but I enjoyed this in a Manhatten.
 
D
D,
Not as good as the bulleit rye
 
Michael
Michael,
Very smooth. Nice fruitiness.
 
Greg
Greg,
So enjoyable. The sweet fruitiness jump out extremely well on the nice. Intermingled berries, her shoes cherry sauce and plum on the forefront . The 40% is where you want this to be at. Excellent
 
Orlando
Orlando,
Not good, label is sort of misleading. Not a rye whiskey. This is a rye whiskey mixed with port wine. Not finished in port wine cask...mixed with port wine.
 
Anna
Anna,
It's good but the port component makes the aftertaste a little..different and flat.
 
Scott
Scott,
Don't hate on this bottle. I'm not a wine drinker but the wine mixed with the Bourbon ain't bad.
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Very unusual with the added port - reminiscent of a Manhattan, but at full whiskey strength. A bit more flavor than merely aging in port casks, but not overwhelming.
 
James
James,
Unique body and color in light of port add; pleasant after dinner sipper when you want a little more zip than a traditional port
 
Alexander
Alexander,
Not as good as the Caribbean Rye, but overall pretty good.
 
Jerry
Jerry,
The most unique whiskey you can find. this is like a dark camel , brown sugar, pepper forward whiskey. I have taste tested this with many friends and they all put it at a $100 dollar bottle. obviously worth every penny.
 
Joseph
Joseph,
GREAT in an old fashioned.
 
Scott
Scott,
Smooth but too much port.
 
Anderson
Anderson,
This is not your typical rye. It is very sweet and fruity, which some people might object to. I find sipping it to be similar to sipping rum.
 
Micah
Micah,
Very nice rye. good nose, warm body and smooth finish.
 
David
David,
Very smooth, though a bit sweet.
 
guest
guest,
Wonderful sweet rye!
 
Cameron
Cameron,
A very unique rye. The port casks are very prevalent in the flavor profile. A nice sweetness to it but not too overpowering. Really enjoy going to this bottle every once in a while.
 
David
David,
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.
 
Tim
Tim,
Very smooth
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Put in freezer and use as after dinner spirit
 
Shana
Shana,
My favorite go to Drink 😍
 
Rich
Rich,
Excellent and nearly on par with some of the Whistle Pig annual releases
 
John
John,
Complex, earthy, smooth, and the right level of sweetness. Best rye I have ever had for the price.
 
guest
guest,
Smooth rye. Has a lot of sweet undertones
 
Lauren
Lauren,
Too sweet, but pleasant flavor and smooth and bold
 
Don
Don,
Too sweet, creates an odd flavor.
 
Shannon
Shannon,
Nice sipping
 
Donald
Donald,
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.
 
Thomas
Thomas,
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.
 
Robert
Robert,
I love it My new favorite Soft Fill bodied yet youthful and flamboyant
 
Charity
Charity,
This is the smoothest, most delicious rye I’ve ever tasted.
 
Jordan
Jordan,
Super smooth! Easy drinking
 
Chad
Chad,
One of my favorite Rye's right now
 
Wende
Wende,
Do not like this at all
 
Aaron
Aaron,
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.
 
William
William,
Good nose, dark in color and smooth start to finish. Recommend Hayden Basil Dark Rye.
 
Cliff
Cliff,
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.
 
Vijaya
Vijaya,
Rye on Rye is much better than Double Rye... a Fan of Basil Hayden’s... but not Double Rye
 
Greg
Greg,
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
 
Josh
Josh,
Pleasantly surprised with the taste, smell, and flavor. Certainly exceeded my expectations and is a great whiskey for a bourbon lover.
 
Cameron
Cameron,
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
 
Chuck
Chuck,
Wow! This is really good. Added just a splash of water.
 
Brian
Brian,
Smooth rye with bold caramel tones. Port comes through on the finish.
 
Matt
Matt,
Nothing special - lacks both the spice of a rye and the depth of a port.
 
Stephen
Stephen,
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.
 
Joann
Joann,
Too heavy for me
 
Andre
Andre,
smooth, sweet, and delicious
 
Jeffrey
Jeffrey,
Incredible! Not too sweet. Hint of cinnamon.
 
guest
guest,
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.
 
Michael
Michael,
Insanely good
 
John
John,
I don't like how this one starts for me. Finish is good, but the beginning is just difficult to overcome.
 
Dave
Dave,
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.
 
guest
guest,
Love Basil Haden’s but this is too sweet and fruity. Ok for mixing though.
 
Keith
Keith,
Best whiskey I have ever had. It is my new #1!
 
Gabe
Gabe,
A great after dinner spirit.
 
Chris
Chris,
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.
 
Edward
Edward,
Best I have ever tasted
 
William
William,
Sweeter whiskey that hides the rye spice. Good as neat or as a mixer
 
Tyler
Tyler,
Awesome in old fashioned drinks. Love the spice flavors.
 
Deiter
Deiter,
very sweet rye, port really shows in the bottle, good as a mixer for sweet drinks
 
Charles
Charles,
The predominate flavor is port. Very odd taste.
 
John
John,
Loved this rye! The port definitely smooths out the taste and makes for a great drink neat.
 
David
David,
great for old fashioned
 
guest
guest,
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.
 
Austin
Austin,
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.
 
Alex
Alex,
The spice is dominates the flavor profile but is complimented by the fruit and berry immediately following. Certainly not bad, not a favorite though
 
Evan
Evan,
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!
 
Daniel
Daniel,
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.
 
Brad
Brad,
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.
 
guest
guest,
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.
 
tony
tony,
Smooth finish
 
Luke
Luke,
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.
 
Joseph
Joseph,
Weird after taste mixed with a bad fake syrup flavor makes this the worst Rye I have ever had.
 
Michael
Michael,
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.
 
Corey
Corey,
Smooth sweet taste. No bitterness.
 
Eddie
Eddie,
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.
 
Nakeva
Nakeva,
Love it for the smoothness, sweet taste and hint of spice. Definitely will have this on hand in the winter/holiday season.
 
Anthony
Anthony,
Really smooth. The port is a great addition.
 
Andreous
Andreous,
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.
 
guest
guest,
First time having a dark rye. Very impressed
 
Vincent
Vincent,
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.
 
Michael
Michael,
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.
 
Thomas
Thomas,
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.
 
guest
guest,
My favorite right now. Smooth, sweetness of a Tawny Port with a spicy rye finish. Smoke with a Blondie for a great pairing
 
Nick
Nick,
Love it even more
 
Donald
Donald,
I love what the port does for this whiskey.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Good but to hot
 
Paul
Paul,
Super solid sipper. Awesome blend and def a go to for my shelf now!
 
Mike
Mike,
It is my new favorite whiskey!!
 
Derrick
Derrick,
Great! Smooth on the rocks!
 
Christopher
Christopher,
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.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
This is a good deal. Nice with a few rocks, or better yet in a Manhattan!
 
Jeremy
Jeremy,
Incredibly unique, but the Port overpowers any rye spiciness. I'd rather drink a rye or a port.
 
Joseph
Joseph,
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.
 
Michael
Michael,
very nice
 
Alex
Alex,
Definitely unique. The Rye Spice and the port hit at the same time.
 
Tom
Tom,
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.
 
Shane
Shane,
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?
 
James
James,
Really not that spicy. The sweetness of the caramel and berry flavors really come through. Delicious rye!
 
Vivek
Vivek,
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.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
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.
 
Eric
Eric,
Really liked this one. Very smooth and rich. Didn't taste much like rye, but was still very good.
 
guest
guest,
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.
 
Mike
Mike,
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.
 
Wendy
Wendy,
Smooth with notes of dried fruit at the end. Beautiful, rich amber color.
 
guest
guest,
Taste amazing
 
guest
guest,
Smooth and delicious, unique to any other rye I’ve had but will be one I definitely keep in stock.
 
Curtis
Curtis,
Smooth and Delicious!!!!
 
Andilee
Andilee,
Smooth! I’ll be stocking this one in the home bar. Very easy to drink, sweet to the nose.
 
Dane
Dane,
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!
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Strong port flavor. Great with dessert.
 
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