So here we have the highest age-stated rye coming from Basil Hayden’s portfolio, to sit alongside it’s sister-bottling of Basil Hayden’s 10 year bourbon. Released as a purported limited edition, in certain areas, it continues along the same premium price-point as the rest of the Basil Hayden lineup with a SRP of $69. From Basil Hayden’s website:
Our newest addition to the family is making a name for itself by becoming our first rye whiskey with this distinguished of an age statement.
The mashbill features a slightly spicy, yet approachable, rye resulting in an elegantly complex taste profile and a golden honey hue. This light, yet full-flavored, rye is sure to please any palate.
Serving neat, with a drop of water, or on the rocks opens up all of the flavors that were developed from ten years of aging, such as spice, oak, caramel, and tobacco. At 80 proof, this rye can be easily enjoyed without the burn associated with higher-proof whiskeys.
So, it’s time for a pour. Of note (for me) was the color. It looks very rich. It coats the glass pretty well, and I’m excited to get in for a sip.