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Saturday, August 8, 2020

Basil Hayden's Announces Limited Edition 10 Year Old Rye Whiskey

Jim Beam owned Basil Hayden's has announced the release of a limited edition Basil Hayden's 10 Year Old Rye Whiskey. This is the oldest age statement ever released on a rye bourbon bottling from the brand.

Jon Marks, Brand Director for Small Batch Whiskey at Beam Suntory says:
As we continually innovate around our iconic high rye recipe, we are excited to be releasing Basil Hayden’s 10 Year Old Rye Whiskey, crafted for those looking for a whiskey to share among friends and loved ones. Even though social settings look different during these unprecedented times, we hope to continue to provide that same sense of togetherness.
This new release showcases the bourbon’s signature high rye recipe. The added aging allows the liquid to pull added flavors from the barrel wood, resulting in a golden honey hue with heightened oak and caramel notes. 

This new release is bottled at 80 proof (40% alcohol) and will be available nationwide. It carries a $69.99 MSRP for a 750ml bottle. 

The tasting notes are:

Nose: Sweet vanilla and oak, with a touch of light fruit
Taste: Approachable spice and oaks notes with hints of caramel
Finish: Faint tobacco and warm cinnamon heat

My Take

Basil Hayden's has always been one of my favorite brands due to their high rye content and consistency of products. I love the bottles and the taste... where they lack is Basil Hayden's is an 80 proof bottle.... compare that with Woodford at 45.2% or even Elijah Craig at 94 proof and Basil Hayden's becomes a tougher decision to buy. 

With that said, I am excited about this release. I think it would be awesome to see what Basil Hayden's Rye does in the barrel for a full 10 years. My only wish is that they bottled this at a higher proof, but I get that they have more to sell at a lower proof and they want to match the same amount of liquid bourbon as their other releases. For me, if I see this on the shelves, I'm definitely picking up a bottle. 

What do you think? Let me know in the comments section.

Source: Beam Suntory

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