Basil Hayden's Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) (Previously $45)

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 added small grains into his mash. The result revealed the spicy flavors of rye, which complemented the sweetness of corn. Today Basil Hayden is one of Jim Beam's prized offerings in their Small Batch Colleciton and is an ode to the spicy nature of rye and the sweetness of corn married together with high quality American oak. The 80 proof bottling is the definition of smooth in the Bourbon world.

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By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/22/2022 | Send Email
Basil Hayden is the core of the Jim Beam Small Batch Collection - while the more limited and higher proof bottling in that collection like Booker's tend to get all of the attention from the whisky geeks, it is the humble Basil Hayden at its accessible price point, that is responsible for introducing so many whisky drinkers to fine Bourbon. If you haven't revisited this bottle in a long time, or if you're new to the Bourbon world, Basil Hayden is a perfect bottle to pick up for the holidays. It's flavors are an excellent way to end the a holiday meal and it's a clutch bottle to have around when your extended family is in town, down right delicious, well respected and well known, and not so expensive it'll break the bank if your uncle goes to town on the bottle. As for the tasting notes: The color is deep chestnut. The nose is a rich bouquet of sweet wood, loads of vanilla, caramel, butterscotch, and spicy wood with just a hint of herbaceous rye to balance it all out. The palate is much the same, super luscious and round, tons of oak and all of the spice and sweetness that brings. There is a surprising and delightful shot of dried fruits as well. The finish is pleasant and easy going. Just a super tasty all 'rounder on the Bourbon scene.

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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