Crafted in 1992 by Booker Noe as part of the Small Batch collection, Basil Hayden introduced a more subtle side of bourbon compared to its counterparts.
This style of bourbon was inspired by 1792 whiskey pioneer Meredith Basil Hayden, Sr., a rye farmer from Maryland who moved to Kentucky and began distilling. He chose to distill his bourbon with a higher percentage of rye, and Booker set out to create a similar high-rye mash bill that would offer the same refined, approachable taste profile.
Today, this bourbon stands as a tribute to Meredith Basil Hayden, Sr.’s high-rye mash bill ingenuity, as well as to Booker Noe, a true innovator who sought to welcome new drinkers into whiskey.
Basil Hayden lightness and approachability is the perfect complement to a great night. This bourbon is artfully aged to be spicy yet smooth, both rich and sweet.
Color: Golden brown
Nose: Charred oak and sweet notes of vanilla & caramel with hints of dried fruit
Palate: Charred oak flavor that is complemented with sweet brown sugar, a touch of black pepper, and dried fruit to round it out
Finish: A pleasant, lingering charred oak finish with a touch of dried fruit
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