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Basil Hayden's Kentucky Bourbon (750ml)

SKU #1028852 93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Complex and balanced, this go-to bourbon features vanilla aromatics with a touch of fresh apple. On the palate, it's light at first, showing vanilla and honey, and winds into deeper, rounded notes of cocoa and hazelnut. Splash in ginger ale for a highball and sip all night long. *Best Buy* (KN) Inner quote mark (7/2015)

Whisky Advocate

Outer quote mark Interesting that the label says 'Artfully Aged,' yet there’s no actual age statement. Lively nose, good rye snap and spice, a bit of mint and oaky edge. Not hot, well-behaved on the tongue, and happily gives back everything taken on the nose. Sweet, spicy, and easy to like, this is whiskey without flaw, well-done and tasty. (LB, Fall 2014) Inner quote mark

K&L Notes

Basil Hayden's Bourbon dates back to 1796 when Master Distiller Basil Hayden, Sr., created a new bourbon recipe using a traditional corn base, but adding small grains into his mash. The result revealed the spicy flavors of rye, which complemented the sweetness of corn. Today Basil Hayden's is aged for eight years at a relatively mild 80 proof, and glints like liquid gold in the glass. Its spicy-sweet perfume shows hints of peppermint and black tea and its flavors are spicy, peppery and honeyed, with a light body and a gentle bite. According to Patterson's Beverage Journal: "The group liked its clean, dry and most decidedly delicate palate. Elegant and soft." (01/2005)

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By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/20/2015 | Send Email
The best and the most classic of the Beam bourbon portfolio. Big oak flavor, smooth and rich on the palate, and a finish that brings baking spices and vanilla goodness. YUM!

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