When Basil Hayden, Sr. began distilling his smooth Bourbon here in 1796, Kentucky was but four years old and George Washington was president.
Today, we make Basil Hayden's Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey using the same skill and care that made it a favorite among America's frontier settlers.
The recipe of 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. You'll find Basil's at its best when sipped straight or with a splash of branch water.
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.
Age: 8 years
Color: Golden amber
Aroma: Spice, tea, hint of peppermint
Taste: Spicy, peppery, honey, light-bodied, gentle bite
Finish: Dry, clean, brief
Award: Silver Medal Bourbon
- Wine Enthusiast
Comments: "Basil Haydenís is one of the best ultra-premium bourbons that you can find. Itís a good example of what a classic bourbon is like. Itís absolutely brilliant." - Spirit Journal