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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

Basil Hayden’s Bourbon

Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey


Small Batch Bourbons


As the name suggests only produced in small quantities, by tradition up to only twenty barrels at the most.


The Small Batch Bourbon Collection represents the very best in bourbon, each handcrafted in limited quantities using time-honoured recipes. These special recipes allow each Small Batch Bourbon to be distinctively different. As Booker Noe, Jim Beam's grandson and master distiller emeritus says: "This is bourbon the way it used to be, the way it was meant to be."


This range includes Bakers, Bookers and Knob Creek.



Basil Hayden's Bourbon.


Sipping History:


The recipe dates back to 1796 when Basil Hayden himself was a master distiller. Basil Hayden was born and raised in Maryland, where he learned to make whiskey from rye.  When he came to Kentucky, Basil added the corn that grew so abundantly there to his rye-based recipe for whiskey.


Beam Family Secret:


Following its eight years in new charred American white oak barrels, Basil Hayden’s® is both charcoal-filtered, then chill-filtered. This is one of the reasons why Basil Hayden’s, bottled at a gentle 80 proof, is such an incredibly smooth and approachable whiskey.


Tasting Tradition:


Basil Hayden’s Bourbon embraces both traditions of utilizing rye and corn

-- the mash contains twice as much rye as most other bourbons.

During the aging process, the spicy flavour and aroma imparted by the rye marries with the sweet oaky smoothness of the corn.


Beam Seal of Approval:


Basil Hayden’s unique packaging features a bib-style label and metal band-wrap reminiscent of liquor labels from the early 1900s.


Basil Hayden's Bourbon Aged 8 years 40%abv  80 Proof


Admire the colour: Golden amber.


Nose the aroma: Spice, tea, hint of peppermint.


Savour the taste: Spicy, peppery, honey, light-bodied, gentle bite.


Appreciate the finish: Dry, clean, brief.


Receive the reward: Silver Medal Bourbon - Wine Enthusiast.


Cross reference: Appeals to drinkers of Canadian Whiskey and Blended  Scotch                          



“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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