Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon has always been proud of its spicy finish, which comes from using twice as much rye as traditional bourbons. The challenges rye presents inspired us to create a very limited release BASIL HAYDEN’S® Rye Whiskey. It’s the spicy taste Whiskey aficionados have come to expect from Basil Hayden’s, and a little more. To build depth into the final Rye Whiskey, we used a small amount of “re-barreled” rye. We start with traditional barreled rye whiskey aged 4 years, dump it out, and then further age it an additional 7 years in newly charred quarter cask oak barrels. Using a quarter cask ensures increased contact with the oak and more air breathed into the cask which means more flavor imparted to the liquid. This is not new, nor is it efficient; it’s just a very effective way to develop deep flavor.
We blend this with our traditional rye whiskey, building out the spicy notes. Just a touch of the uniquely flavored re-barreled rye amplifies the warm aroma of baking spices and smooth caramel leading to a clean finish with hints of mint. Those flavors shine through neat or on the rocks.