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Basil Hayden’s Bourbon

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  • Distiller:

    Beam

  • Bottler:

    Beam

  • ABV:

    40%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 80
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: Smooth, quick finish with honey, and some warmth.
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  • Raided Score: 71
  • Publication: Breaking Bourbon
  • Excerpt: Nostalgia will always allow me to hold a soft spot in my heart for Basil Hayden’s, but like many nostalgic things in life, it’s sometimes best to leave them to memory versus trying to recapture that initial magic.
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  • Raided Score: 83
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: Basil Hayden’s Bourbon isn’t a bad whiskey, it is a bad value. For $26 less you can get Old Grand-Dad 114 and that is a significantly better expressions of the Jim Beam high-rye mashbill.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: Altogether soft and balanced, but with depth, I can imagine Basil Hayden having a very wide appeal, especially to newer whiskey drinkers.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: Sweet, spicy, and easy to like, this is whiskey without flaw, well-done and tasty, if not overly ambitious or challenging.
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  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: whiskyfun
  • Excerpt: A very pleasant discovery. I don’t think I had tried this baby before.
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  • Raided Score: 95
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: Everything works together perfectly well in the spirit. From the aroma in the glass to the smooth and layered finish, which lifts away all of Basil’s characters one by one, finishing with a silky, smoky character, this is a widely available and reasonably affordable bourbon that sets a high bar at this price point.
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  • Raided Score: 75
  • Publication: Whiskey Consensus
  • Excerpt: I would recommend picking up a bottle to have on the bar because it is an easy drinker and would be nice to share with friends.
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  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: Modern Thirst
  • Excerpt: Basil Hayden's makes a great entry-way for drinkers new to bourbon, or trying to train their palates to drink bourbon neat. Its price makes that a tough sell.
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  • Raided Score: 93
  • Publication: Wine Enthusiast
  • Excerpt: On the palate, it's light at first, showing vanilla and honey, and winds into deeper, rounded notes of cocoa and hazelnut. Splash in ginger ale for a highball and sip all night long.
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