Insider knowledge: Basil Hayden's whiskey is named whiskey by virtue of the fact it's from America. If distilled in Scotland the spelling would be Basil Hayden's whisky, as opposed to whiskey.
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.
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
I love the smooth sweet finish of this bourbon. A hint of butterscotch. Love it.
5th November 2012
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