Artfully aged at a relatively mild 80 proof, Basil Hayden's is as novel and delectable a bourbon whiskey as it was when the master distiller rolled out his first barrel over 200 years ago. Marked by a rich cascade of aromas and flavors, Basil Hayden's is still a small batch bourbon, but with broader appeal. And just as it was in 1796, the only 'rule' to enjoying our Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey is that it should be done responsibly.
Tasting notes: Golden brown color. An aroma of charred oak and sweet brown notes of vanilla & caramel with hints of dried fruit. On the palate is a charred oak flavor that is complemented with sweet brown sugar, a touch of black pepper, and dried fruit to round it out. The finish is pleasant, lingering charred oak finish with a touch of dried fruit.
The initial sniffings detect dull, limp scents of wet cardboard and parchment; with only meek, ripe and sweet grain and timid yellow fruit aromas added after aeration. The palate entry is moderately spicy and nicely grainy, but then at mid-palate the taste becomes seed-like and mildly grainy. Drinkable but average.