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. Golden amber color. Spice, tea, hint of peppermint spice. Spicy, peppery, honey, light-bodied, gentle bite. Dry, clean, brief finish.
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.