Basil Haydens 8 Year Old Bourbon

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    Basil Haydens Bourbon

    Purported to be the lightest of Beam’s “Small Batch Bourbon Collection,” Basil Haydens also boasts a mash bill with approximately twice as much rye as its siblings. In recent years, Basil Hayden has both removed its eight year age statement (switching to a no age statement or NAS labeling) as of early 2016, and skyrocketed in popularity.

    Basil Haydens Bourbon

    A medium burnt caramel color in the glass, Basil Hayden’s approximately eight years is apparent in its rich color.

    Corn bread, menthol, and dark fruit hit first on the nose, followed by figgy pudding, stewed plums, and cinnamon, highlighting a very slight pepper and punch. A spiced, minty, delicate nose to be sure. Baking spice and Christmas scents are present, but do not overwhelm the light body.

    The dram is silky, with roasted pear, baked walnut-stuffed apples, and baking spice warming the front of the palate. Neither corn, oak, or char pull Basil Hayden in one particular direction, making for an incredibly balanced drinking experience. A very soft, smooth mouth feel is rounded out by cinnamon and golden raisin. Both complex and balanced, the bourbon’s high rye mash bill doesn’t overwhelm it, rather making for a nuanced flavor profile.

    The finish is vegetal, with celery and savory polenta present. A short, not too sweet finish. Again very soft and light.

    Basil Haydens Bourbon

    Basil Hayden`s Bourbon Shallot Vinaigrette 1/3 cup chopped shallots or onion 1/3 cup olive oil, divided 1/2 cup plus 1 Tbs. Basil Hayden`s Bourbon Whiskey, divided 1 Tbs. flat leaf parsley, chopped 1 tsp. fresh basil leaves, chopped (or 1/4 tsp. dried basil leaves) 1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves, chopped (or 1/4 tsp. dried thyme leaves) 3 1/2 cups sifted flour 3 Tbs. cider vinegar 1/4 tsp granulated sugar salt and pepper to taste COOK SHALLOTS OVER medium-high heat in 1 Tbs. oil in a small saucepan for 2-3 minutes or until tender. Add 1/2 cup Basil Hayden`s. Cook uncovered until mixture is reduced to a glaze, about 5 minutes. Add parsley, basil and thyme. Cook 12 minutes. Cool to room temperature. Add remaining oil, vinegar, Basil Hayden`s, sugar and salt and pepper. Mix well. Chill at least 2 hours.

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