When Basil Hayden, Sr. began distilling his smooth bourbon
in 1796, Kentucky was but four years old and George Washington was President. Today, Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Whiskey is made using the same skill and care that made it a favorite
among America’s frontier settlers.
The recipe for this remarkable bourbon dates back to 1796, when Basil
Hayden himself was a master distiller. Hayden was born and raised in
Maryland, where he learned to make whiskey from rye. When he came to Kentucky, Hayden began making whiskey from a base of corn, but added a higher percentage of rye than other distillers, resulting in a smooth, mild bourbon that was distinctly his own.
Basil’s Bourbon is aged eight years in Kentucky hillside rackhouses, then bottled at a gentle 80 proof. “We take our time in making it and suggest that
you do the same in enjoying it”.
This unique recipe calls for a larger percentage of small grains in the mash (rye and
barley) and eight years gently resting in the wood. During the mashing and aging,
the spicy flavor of the rye marries with the sweet smoothness of the corn for a
character unlike any other bourbon. Enriched by a hint of peppermint, Basil
Hayden’s mellow taste and dry, brief finish is delicious sipped neat or on the rocks. It’s perfect for those who enjoy a light-bodied bourbon.
Golden amber in color, with an aroma of spice, tea, and that hint of peppermint. It tastes spicy, peppery, and slightly of honey, light-bodied, with a gentle bite. The finish is dry, clean, and brief.
Rated: 90 points, Silver Medal Bourbon - Wine Enthusiast
Comments: “Basil Hayden’s is one of the best ultra-premium bourbons that you
can find. It’s a good example of what a classic bourbon is like.
It’s absolutely brilliant.” - Spirit Journal
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