Basil Hayden

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Basil Hayden

Basil Hayden’s is a brand family produced by James B. Beam Distilling Co. It is characterized by its high rye content recipe, which gives it a spicy and slightly peppery taste compared to other bourbons.

Basil Hayden’s was first introduced in 1992 by Booker Noe as part of his Small Batch collection, which also included Booker’s, Baker’s, and Knob Creek.

The brand takes its name from a historical figure, Basil Hayden Sr., who was a distiller in Maryland in the late 18th century. He was known for his use of rye in his whiskey recipes, which set him apart from other distillers of the time. The brand pays tribute to his pioneering spirit and innovative approach to whiskey-making.

All whiskeys in the Basil Hayden lineup is is bottled at a relatively-low 80 proof, making it more approachable for those who prefer a milder whiskey.

In addition to its flagship bourbon, the Basil Hayden brand has expanded its offerings to include various limited-edition releases and experimental expressions. These releases often showcase extended aging, unique barrel finishes, and different recipes.