History of Basil Hayden's

Basil Hayden’s® whiskey is steeped in history, celebrating one of Kentucky’s oldest family’s and a pioneer in the bourbon industry.

History of Basil Hayden’s® whiskey

Late in the 18th century, Master Distiller Basil Hayden Sr. left his Maryland home for the greener pastures of Kentucky, bringing his family and reputation with him.

Not yet privy to the old guard’s ‘rules’ of bourbon, legend has it that Basil set out to make a batch simply using the ingredients he had on hand, unaware of what the traditionalists might think of his mash. What resulted was a bourbon with a uniquely high-rye mashbill, combining the sweetness of corn with spicy undertones of rye. The purists may have been displeased, but not the neighbors who tried it.

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