In 1796, Master Distiller Basil Hayden Sr. broke 'the rules' by mixing small grains into the mash of a traditional corn base. Basil conjectured that the spicy flavour of rye would be a striking complement to the sweet smoothness of corn in his distillery's standard bourbon, resulting in a unique, singular small batch bourbon whiskey that was blessed with rich hints of peppermint, notes of pepper, slight citrus overtones, and a spicy, warming finish.
Artfully aged to taste at a relatively mild 80 proof, Basil Hayden's is still a small batch bourbon, but with broader appeal.
Modest aromatics, a touch of spice, a hint of citrus and light lavender floral tones
Spicy rye with a slight honeyed sweetness
Sweetness that fades into a freshness of citrus zest and floral tones with a light spiciness