Bourbon is something that the gentlemen from The Trot Line frequently gather around. Unfortunately, we don’t review what we have been drinking nearly enough. The last bourbon we reviewed was Buffalo Trace, which was drastically different from my most recent encounter with Basil Hayden’s Small Batch Bourbon. Differences between the two bourbons were noticeable, but that does not mean I turned my nose up to either. In fact, I enjoyed the Basil Hayden despite its differences between one of my favorite go-to bourbons.
Basil Hayden, himself, was a master distiller. His recipe dates back to 1796, where he created a bourbon that stood out from the rest. The Basil Hayden’s Bourbon has a lighter flavor than most traditional bourbons. This product of the Jim Beam family uses around twice the amount of rye that is used in other bourbons. The effect on the flavor softens the sweet, traditional corn base and brings out spicier notes. The clean, light finish warms you up, leaving a fresh after taste (must be the hint of peppermint.) This bourbon comes in at 80 proof, and can be sipped neat or enjoyed in a cocktail.
Basil Hayden’s Bourbon is a great transitional bourbon for those who are not used to the complexity and sweetness in most traditional bourbons. Unfortunately, the price tag leaves little room for those who are experimenting with their pallet. For lovers of all bourbon and rye whiskeys, this will make a great addition to your
liquor whiskey cabinet.
The Verdict: Recommend
I haven’t had any of this in a while. I’ll have to pick some up. I love cooking with bourbon and enjoy the complexity of bourbons; it allows blending in savory and sweet foods. Great review!
If you get the chance, try out Old Grand Dad 100 proof Bottled in Bond. Rumored to be basically a younger expression of Basil Hayden, and odd thing, Old Grand Dad was supposedly named with the original Basil Hayden in mind.
The Trot Line Staff says
J.D. Thanks for sharing the tip! We should cover Old Grand Dad next… or maybe you could? Let us know if you would like to share a review!