Basil Hayden's
Added on Monday, Mar 3, 2008 at 12:00 AM
  Bottler: Jim Beam
  Age: 8 yrs Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Bourbon
  ABV: 40.00 % Region: Kentucky
  Price: $36 Availability: Wide
Member Ratings and Notes
Restrained sweetness and mild spice.  Kind of flat for me but not an un-enjoyable bourbon. 
I love this bourbon.  More like a lowland scotch.  Lots of flowery heather and light flavors.  An afternoon refresher.  Very delicate. 
Nose of sweet honey and nuts, but not too big on flavor, finishes long and crisp... not too interesting but quite drinkable. 

N: Slightly watery and thin upfront; caramel and a reasonable amount of wood. Lightly peppery, a touch of orange. A fair amount of vanilla.


P: Thin on the palate, leads slightly sweet with a bit of caramel and sugar; a little hint of orange. A little slight sour corn note that is more classic bourbon than new make. A little wood but it's kind of a waterlogged oaky note. Vanilla fairly abundant. 


F: Thin, a little cinnamon heat but it's kind of quick. Surprising heat given the mellowness of the rest of it. A slightly nutty note late. A touch of vanilla, the faintest hint of black cherry. 


This is just kind of bland and OK. Decent if you're maybe trying to graduate to bolder bourbons and you've been drowning bottom-shelf stuff in cola.  

Flat cola syrup, raw bread dough, and vanilla mint. Not much going on here, and the thin body really leaves this lacking. No finish except for green apple, citrus potpourri spray, and stale cinnamon. I wouldn’t even make a cocktail with this.   
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