Basil Hayden 10 Year Rye Whiskey
Mature and easy to love, Basil Hayden 10 Year Rye is the earthier counterpart to the well-received 10 year Bourbon, itself beloved for its high rye content, lending complexity, but with a mellow, rather than fiery character. This takes those elements of herbs and spices and puts them in the foreground, pushing the sweetness of corn to supporting role status. Whereas most new ryes tend to market toward those who want a wrecking ball of proof and spice, this is a wholly softer and more elegant affair, which brings out a whole different side of the grain and wood. On the nose, there is pure rye bread character along with a smoky element hinting at the 10 years in oak. On the palate that heavy oak continues along with toffee, mint, and cinnamon, with a dry finish. One to sit in a quiet place with and take your time.