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Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of Basil Hayden's Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
It’s a strong, great tasting bourbon. However, the aftertaste won’t burn. It goes down smooth and you can taste the corn, cinnamon, and caramel notes
Smooth but lacking depth.
Smoothest bourbon I’ve found for the price.
Smooth and subtle.
Corn on the nose. Smooth finish but unpleasant spice. Don’t like bourbon it seems.
I am usually a bit cheap I passes this up for a cheaper bottle, then I saw it at the bar and wondered what I could have had. I ordered a double on the rocks and that's when the regret set in. So smooth so clean and worth every cent!
Seriously bland. I was expecting so much more.
Smooth and a bit sweet. Great on rocks or as old fashioned
Bit of a kick. Alittle rough neat but still quite flavorful
very easy to drink. hints of sweet flavors.
Kick. Smoother when watered down
It’s tasty, but nothing mind blowing. Definitely worth the cost, however. Can definitely get much better for a few bucks more.
Sweeter than the spiral says but for a lower price range bourbon it is a solid choice.
Average, not a lot of complexity to the whiskey.
my preferred go to bourbon
My go to bourbon.
Surprisingly smooth due to the port mixture, very easy to drink neat.
Spicy, not as much sweetness as I’d like, but overall easy to drink.
Nice and smooth. Good go to in my book.
High on spice but not much else. Rather body less, lacks the sweet vanilla and caramel flavors possessed by a good bourbon
An essential of bourbon, a classic! Spicy, balances, what’s not to like?
Nice easy drink. Dropped the rating as nothing stands out.
Tea and peppermint
I wasn't sure what to expect when I ordered this, but I think I found my new favorite bourbon! Crisp, flavorful yet light.
You won’t find a more reasonably priced high quality bourbon!
Great go to in my book. Can’t go wrong with some basil!
This has a sweet first taste and a very mild spicy finish
Wonderful Nose, however tastes pretty average considering how much it’s priced for.
Sweet and light, with light Smokey undertones. An excellent low-cost bourbon for sipping.
A very smooth bourbon!
Best “cheap” bourbon you can buy. Great straight, on the rocks or mixed.
I have tried quite a few spirits, and this is easily in my top 3 choices.
Very easy to drink casually. Smooth and slightly sweet, but with the right amount of kick at the end.
My everyday go to
Fairly smooth, but good bit of burn. Too spicy for me, but probably something a rye lover would enjoy.
A smooth bourbon for a cheap price
Very pleasant, if underwhelming. Solid notes of vanilla and maple, with a charcoal bite... but very soft and delicate on the tongue.
Very smooth. I just got it, so I'll add more later
Smooth and clean, start to finish. Very mild yet full of flavor.
Good buy and a great bourbon 🥃
Good bourbon if you like rye. I really enjoy it.
Great whiskey at a good price! Cheers!
Earlier just this spring is when I had my first, shall we say, academic experience with bourbon. I enjoyed a tour and tasting at Woodford Reserve and our wonderful guide explained the bourbon flavor wheel. As we downed our first tast, the guide explained that it was the rye that gave the bourbon that signature spice. It was at this moment that I first thought "Well, since I'm not a real man, I shall henceforth avoid all high rye bourbons and rye whiskey." If you can't stand the heat, stay out of the whiskey.
I am here today to confess my sins and admit that I am, in fact, a total boob. I had a conversation with Basil Hayden and he showed me the error of my ways.
Thanks to the lower proof, the nose is light with barely any scent of alcohol, but barely any scent of much else either. There is evidence of woody oak, tea, and faint hits of chocolate. The mouth feel is light and thin but oily enough to not feel dry. There is a taste of sweet honey and light vanilla with sweet fruit of undetermined origin on the front of the tongue. In the back of the mouth before the swallow is a pleasant spice to remind you of the higher rye content. The finish is short, crisp, and warm with continued pepper, oak, and if you look closely, leather. A higher proof may have provided more complex flavor, but if an approachable, introductory high rye bourbon is what you seek, Basil Hayden's is the answer.
Wish I would have known it was a half size bottle, this club is starting to disappoint big time. The drink is decent
good, every day, smooth flavorful bourbon. Easy to find, easy on the wallet and another must have in the bar.
Astringent, but weak. Disappointed.
It really is smooth. Will have to have more.
A little spiciness to it. finishes smooth
A "go to" bourbon when I'm willing to splurge
Just buy Fireball and save the money
I found this bottle of Basil Hayden to be one of the best purchases I have a bought since I’ve been buying from you. It is very smooth, great tasting and the price was right. All whom I’ve shared this bottle with have agreed with me the quality of this product is worth twenty stars. look forward to my next purchase of Basil Hayden. Thank you
Good standard bourbon
Very smooth start, with just a enough bite at the end to make you want more. Good sipping bourbon
smooth and spicy without the heat because it's only 80 proof. Easy to drink.
Very good. Smooth with little bite.
I do like rye-forward bourbons and this is a good one. It's smooth with a moderate spiciness. A pleasant sipper, but not a great finish, and not as much punch as I like.
Currently, second only to Woodford Reserved Dbl Oaked for a mid-shelf sip-all-night neat.
solid sipper. a bit spicy
One of my favorites for a local pickup, or to grab when out at a bar or dinner. Smooth, simple, nice finish. Great for anyone new to the bourbon game.
This Basil is mouth watering. Just the right amount of smooth and strong. Yes a grown man drink. I didn't want to open the bottle because it looks so cool or to cool to open lol