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Basil Hayden's Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. 80 proof.
When Basil Hayden, Sr. began distilling his smooth bourbon
in 1796, Kentucky was but four years old and George Washington was President. Today, Basil Hayden's Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Whiskey is made using the same skill and care that made it a favorite
among America's frontier settlers.
The recipe for 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".
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.
Golden amber in color, with an aroma of spice, tea, and that hint of peppermint. It tastes spicy, peppery, and slightly of honey, light-bodied, with a gentle bite. The finish is dry, clean, and brief.
Rated: 90 points, Silver Medal Bourbon - Wine Enthusiast
Comments: "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
Aged to nine years, small batch bourbons offer strong, rich flavors and aromas characteristic of pre-Prohibition whiskies. The complex balance of tastes and flavors is what makes them unique the way bourbon was meant to be.
The Small Batch Bourbon Collection, Bookers, Bakers, Knob Creek, and Basil Haydens, is handcrafted in limited quantities using time-honored recipes. These special recipes, some dating back two centuries, help make each Small Batch Bourbon distinctively different. Carefully aged from six to nine years in new, charred American white oak barrels, each Small Batch Bourbon captures the rich flavor and heritage that is unique to Kentucky bourbon.
Bourbon is a complex whiskey that engages your senses at every level. Some say that properly tasting bourbon is an art. And while everyone can and should enjoy it the way they want (neat, on- the-rocks, with a mixer), there are a few basic steps you can take to enhance your tasting experience whether youre out with friends or simply enjoying some quiet time alone by the fire.
Appearance... The first thing you will notice about bourbon whiskey is its rich, deep warm amber color. As a rule of thumb, the deeper and darker the color, the more complex and sophisticated the bourbon. Bourbon gets all of its color during the years it spends aging in new, charred oak barrels. No artificial colors are added.
Aroma... According to research, humans can detect more than 2,000 aromas. So properly nosing the bourbon will go a long way toward enhancing the overall tasting experience. There is an art to nosing bourbon put your nose deeply into the glass and inhale with your lips parted. Keeping your mouth open a bit will involve the back of your pallet and help you enjoy the bourbon in a three-dimensional manner. It will also allow you to preview the bourbon before actually tasting it.
Taste... Without a doubt (and quite obviously), the most enjoyable step in the tasting process is to actually taste the bourbon! The best way to do this is to put a bit on the tip of your tongue and roll it around and up and down inside your mouth. In short, try chewing the bourbon, before swallowing (we call this the Kentucky Chew). By involving your entire mouth in the tasting process, you'll experience the many subtle flavors that the whiskey offers. Important to note after tasting the bourbon straight or neat, add a splash or two of distilled water to achieve your desired proof. This addition will help open up the bourbon, making it even more enjoyable.