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Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye

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  • Distiller:

    Various

  • Bottler:

    Beam

  • ABV:

    40%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 81
  • Publication: Breaking Bourbon
  • Excerpt: I find the end result to be quite unique. It’s refreshing in today’s ever-crowded and ever-similar marketplace. In addition, I’m pleased to see that Beam decided to come in at a price point that allows everyone to give this release a try to judge for themselves.
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  • Raided Score: 71
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: Not the rye for aficionados, but great for adding to maple syrup, frappes, or using as a mixer in a cocktail. I would not drink this one neat.
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  • Raided Score: 78
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: A short finish offers more of the same, plus cocoa powder, oak, spice, and pepper. Though a bit one dimensional, it's easy drinking and plays well on the rocks or in cocktails.
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  • Raided Score: 84
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: Simple and sweet up front, it feels thin, like fake maple syrup, with more sweet vanilla carried on a rather light body, almost resembling some rice whiskies.
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  • Raided Score: 76
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: The maple note is particularly off-putting, and while I could see mixing a cocktail with this, on its own it’s a product that is simply too far gone into its own little world.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: Wine Enthusiast
  • Excerpt: All this yields a warming whiskey that leads with caramel and spice on nose and palate, finishing with a hint of cocoa and a distinctly juicy, almost tart cherry note.
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