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Basil Hayden Dark Rye Whiskey*Packaging may vary

Basil Hayden Dark Rye Whiskey

Whiskey /40% ABV / Kentucky, United States

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Rye Whiskey
Kentucky, United States

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Expanding from the unique high rye recipe that has always made Basil Hayden Bourbon so uncommon comes a release that focuses on the art of blending two distinct rye whiskies with just a touch of port to unveil an entirely new taste discovery. This blend explores the harmonious combination of 3 distinct liquid profiles for one memorable whiskey. It begins with Kentucky Rye, providing a firm base of spicy rye, rich oak, dried fruit and subtle molasses undertones to build on. Canadian Rye from our award-winning Alberta Distillery is skillfully layered in. This unique rye provides depth to the notes of dried fruit and a more viscous mouth feel than a traditional rye. It’s then finished with a touch of California Port blended in directly to add complementary juicy, ripe fruit without muddying the existing wood notes. The end result is a whiskey full in flavor and still delicately nuanced. Basil Hayden Dark Rye is always perfect sipped on the rocks as well as in a Boulevardier

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Although seemingly very similar to the uninitiated, Basil Hayden Dark Rye is a rye whiskey, not a bourbon. “Bourbon” is a particular type of American whiskey. In order to be legally marketed and sold as such, the spirit must meet the following requirements: 1) produced in the United States, 2) aged in unused, charred oak barrels or containers, 3) distilled to no more than 80% alcohol by volume (ABV), 4) bottled at no less than 40% ABV, and 5) distilled from a mash containing at least 51% corn. Basil Hayden Dark Rye, in short, is a rye whiskey because it is made with more rye than corn and contains Canadian and American rye whiskey.
A unique and multifaceted rye whiskey, Basil Hayden Dark Rye is artfully blended and barrel aged in Kentucky for eight years before being bottled and distributed. Truly a testament to the power of time and the potential of the barrel-aging process, this deeply complex and distinct rye whiskey reflects its time in charred oak by having a delightful oaky nose and deep notes of leather and caramel. Adding to its singularity and particular uniqueness is the touch of California port added to this rye blend just before the aging process, toning down the dryness of the rye and adding just a hint of sweet fruit notes to the palate.
Despite being an American rye whiskey and a Canadian rye whiskey blended with a sweet California port, it should be noted that Basil Hayden Dark Rye is, first and foremost, a rye whiskey. This is, by definition, much drier than its bourbon counterparts. As both whiskeys used in this blend are rye whiskeys, they were distilled from mashes containing more rye than corn, which results in a dryer and, usually, spicier whiskey. Although not by any definition a “sweet” whiskey, Basil Hayden Dark Rye is certainly more fruit-forward and full-bodied — and no doubt, more flavorful — due to its inclusion of California port wine.
Because of its luscious complexity, premium ingredients, careful distillation, and aging process, Basil Hayden Dark Rye is a fantastic gift for any whiskey drinker. Although perfectly delicious when enjoyed on its own or over ice, Basil Hayden Dark Rye is a wonderful whiskey for making traditional whiskey cocktails such as an Old Fashioned and a Manhattan. We highly recommend this premium and delicious rye whiskey blend as a gift for virtually any occasion. With Drizly, you can have a bottle of Basil Hayden Dark Rye delivered right to your (or a very lucky giftee’s) front door.
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