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
My fave easy to find small batch...
Found this is New York
Waiting for it to deliver
Lucky enough to find this, and other reasonably rare Bourbons, in a midtown Manhattan store - can't get this too easily in the UK - it's very subtle for a bourbon...doesn't shout about itself but leaves a deep impression - smooth honey, whisper of smoke and some hints of fruit, vanilla and berries. It's a Southern gentleman...Mark Twain compared to his more rowdy Tennessee neighbours Jack and Jim. One for the connoisseurs
21st October 2014
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