Price Point: $35 – $45 for 750 ML
For those unaware, Basil Hayden’s is part of Jim Beam’s Small Batch Collection, with the other expressions being Baker’s, Knob Creek, and Booker’s. They are each unique in their own way with various ages and mash bills. They also differ in their package representation, with Basil Hayden’s having a unique paper label sticking out toward the neck. As I said in my review of Michter’s Unblended American, sometimes all it takes for my wife and I to buy a whiskey is a unique bottle.
The nose on this bourbon is a bit harsh, with a lot of rye. Not the most pleasant at all. The bottle states that the whiskey is aged eight years, but it smells a bit younger.
Basil Hayden’s doesn’t improve all that much once you get the whiskey in your mouth. My first taste was soap. That’s right, like a bar of soap. There’s a lot of rye in this too, probably making up most of the balance from the corn. To my tastes, this is a seriously flawed whiskey.
The finish is pretty pathetic, too, with a little burn and not much flavor.
Rating & Recommendations
Okay, I had some high expectations for Basil Hayden’s (especially since I am a fan of its small batch brothers). But, it’s going to earn a 69 out of 100 from me.
Have some fun with this one. Even when you’re shelling out $30+ for it, try it with some unique mixers. Who knows, it could improve.
Basil Hayden’s was a pretty disappointing bourbon for me. For this much money, you’re much better off looking elsewhere.