basil hayden's

TASTED JANUARY 2020 ~ 80 proof

This is toting a mash bill of 63% corn, 27% rye and 10% malted barley.  

There were a lot of different notes coming off this on the day I did my notes. It says I tasted this in January 2020, but reality is I drank this many times before but never analyzed it. Were these notes always there? 

Soft corn, nutmeg and clove are present. But, there are also earthy notes, like hints of leather and mushroom and even a little dried pit fruit, like apricot. 

The body is fairly light but there are some nice notes to it. A soft sweetness of light vanilla and hints of oak. It's not an overly complex bourbon. It has the simple notes that we would expect from a solid bourbon. In fact, it would be a great entry bourbon for those worried about drinking bourbon. Corn. Vanilla. Oak. They're all there but not too in your face. 

Dominant Flavors:

Vanilla and oak. 


basil hayden's 10 year

Tasted January 2020 ~ 80 proof

This is toting the mash bill of 63% corn, 27% rye and 10% malted barley. 

The nose shows this. There is sweet corn (caramel corn) that comes off initially. Soon our nose gets use to the corn and focuses on the sweetness. There are hidden layers of a dry apple, like a Granny Smith. Baked apple caramels.

The nose on this has all the notes of a food court at the State Fair, including hints of alcohol from the Carnies breath. 

The palate is in for a treat. Warmth and sweetness!!

The oils from the fatty acids allow this to bind well in the mouth, resembling dissolving honey. The sweetness is there as well. 

So good!

Nice clean finish that subsides with faint hints of mocha. 

Dominant Flavors:

Honey. Caramel. Mocha. 


Basil Hayden's Caribbean Reserve Rye

Tasted June 2019 ~ 80 proof

Maple syrup!! There are hints of rye on the back end. Each sniff builds more and more of an image of blueberry pancakes with maple syrup. Intrigued. 

There are dominant sweet notes that lead the way: brown sugar and molasses. The spice notes are subtle but they’re there. Nutmeg and cinnamon come out and combine with the molasses notes creating tasting profiles similar to a popular “spiced rum”. 

Bourbon for dessert?

This has a lot of sweet notes. To some it could be overpowering. To others it may make for a nice after-dinner "snack". 

Dominant Flavors:

Sweet. Syrup. Baking spices. SWEET!