Basil Hayden's Bottling Note
An 8 year old small batch bourbon. This was named for Jim Beam's historic Master Distiller, Basil Hayden Sr who, in 1796, created a bourbon with a mashbill whose base was of corn, with a mix of small grains for added spice.
Nose: Crisp, fresh. Spiced. Rooty, floral. Solid hit of rye.
Palate: Gentle and rounded. Poised rye spice tingling through notes of winter berries.
Finish: Seed cake, vanilla cream, more berries.
Too little bite for too much money
Waiting for it to deliver
My fave easy to find small batch...
A family member just bought this for me and was so proud he did so. Unfortunately I was disappointed. I kept expecting it to deliver a more flavorful profile. I am thinking this will be my cocktail whiskey.
31st May 2013
I love the smooth sweet finish of this bourbon. A hint of butterscotch. Love it.
5th November 2012
Perhaps I lack a little sophistication, but it seems to me that Hayden's goes down a little too smooth and lacks a little flavor. This is not to say that it is bad bourbon, it's quite nice, just a little weak. I'd drink this again, but I wouldn't buy it.
25th August 2011