Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
- SP Wine Spectator
- WE Wine Enthusiast
- VN Vinous
- RP Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
- ST Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
- OT Other Review Service
- Gold Premier Gold - Best Value*
- Plat Premier Platinum - Our Highest Recommendation
- * as rated by our staff
93 pts.Wine Enthusiast: July, 2015
Complex and balanced, this go-to Bourbon features vanilla aromatics with a touch of fresh apple. 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.
90 pts. Wine Enthusiast: March, 1997
Amber, with an orange cast. Medium-bodied. Pear, peach, flowers, fresh herbs. Medium texture. Soft and light on the palate with a potpourri of attractive fragrances. Displays a sense of elegance and grace. Fruity and lively at the finish.
85 pts.Whisky Advocate: Fall, 2014
Interesting that the label says “Artfully Aged,” yet there’s no actual age statement. Lively nose, good rye snap and spice, a bit of mint and oaky edge. Not hot, well-behaved on the tongue, and happily gives back everything taken on the nose. Sweet, spicy, and easy to like, this is whiskey without flaw, well-done and tasty, if not overly ambitious or challenging.
80–84 pts.Wine Enthusiast: December 15, 2005
The initial sniffings detect dull, limp scents of wet cardboard and parchment; with only meek, ripe and sweet grain and timid yellow fruit aromas added after aeration. The palate entry is moderately spicy and nicely grainy but then at midpalate the taste becomes seed-like and mildly grainy. Drinkable but average.