Last month we heralded the arrival of Basil Hayden’s Rye Whiskey, the first such offering from the popular bourbon maker. Now, we’ve got a bottle in hand and are taking it for a spin.Basil Hayden’s Rye is actually a blend of two whiskeys. The first is a four-year-old traditional rye whiskey that is moved into newly-charred, quarter cask oak barrels for an additional seven years. The smaller surface area means more contact between the liquid and the wood, which results in a stronger oak influence. That rye is then blended with Basil Hayden’s aforementioned traditional rye. So you’ve got the same baseline whiskey, but two aging practices, and it’s all for the purpose of adding more of those oak accents like baking spices, vanilla and caramel to the finished product.
Basil Hayden’s Rye Whiskey Review