Basil Hayden Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Basil Hayden


Basil Hayden Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • San Francisco World Spirits Competition Gold, 2022

Tasting notes

  • Black pepper Black pepper
  • Citrusy Citrusy
  • Honey Honey

In 1796, Master Distiller Basil Hayden Sr. broke ‘the rules’ by mixing small grains into the mash of a traditional corn base. A Maryland transplant unafraid to stand out amidst the residing establishment, Basil conjectured that the spicy flavor of rye would be a striking complement to the sweet smoothness of corn in his distillery’s standard bourbon. And much to the chagrin of the traditionalist set, Basil was right. His recipe was a masterpiece, resulting in a unique, singular small batch bourbon whiskey that was blessed with rich hints of peppermint, notes of pepper and honey, slight citrus overtones, and a spicy, warming finish.