2007 Silver Medalist
By Matt Goldstein
The Basil Hayden’s 8 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon is a small batch light body bourbon, light amber in color with a slight sour scent made by Jim Beam. Dry for bourbon, with a good bite and strong finish, The Basil Hayden 8 year is warm with a strong burn. Very Smooth when sipped slow, but the burn stays with you, having a sweet aftertaste with pepper spice notes.
The Basil Hayden’s bottle is an art in an of itself. The light brown paper label is draped over and held in place by a wooden and medal belt. Each bottle comes with a booklet describing the full Jim Beam small batch collection: Knob Creek, Booker’s, Baker’s and Basil Hayden’s. The bottle is beautiful bottle but the tin foil at the top can be a problem as it flakes too easily and pieces of the tin foil can fall into the bourbon. We recommend removing the entire piece or pieces of foil before opening the bottle. Basil Hayden’s is an excellent bourbon and won a silver medal at the San Francisco international spirit awards in 2007.
Small Batch Collection:
The eponymous Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon dates back to 1796, when Master Distiller Basil Hayden Sr. created a recipe unlike any other. He used a traditional corn base, but mixed in small grains in his mash to capture the spicy flavor of rye and complement the sweet smoothness of corn. More than 200 years later, Basil Hayden’s is a singular bourbon that bridges the flavor of rye whiskies and small batch bourbons together.
Basil Hayden’s is unequalled in that it utilizes twice as much rye in it as the other bourbons in the Collection. Enriched by a hint of peppermint, it impresses with notes of pepper balanced by slight citrus overtones, and a spicy, warming finish. Aged eight years at a relatively mild 80 proof, Basil Hayden’s has a broad appeal and is equally enjoyable alone or in cocktails such as a Juicy Basil and Basil Bubbly.
“The group liked its clean, dry and most decidedly delicate palate. Elegant and soft.” — Patterson’s Beverage Journal, January 2005