GSN Review: Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye

Basil Hayden’s continues to deliver approachable and unexpected flavor to the whiskey community with the release of a new expression – Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye, the first-ever permanent addition to the Basil Hayden’s portfolio.

Much like Basil Hayden’s flagship bourbon, Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye is designed to stand out in the ever-expanding crowd of American whiskies. Uniting the duo of Kentucky straight rye whiskey and Canadian rye with a splash of California port, Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye offers an ideal sipping experience through harmoniously layered flavor. The spiciness of Kentucky straight rye whiskey pays homage to the high-rye content of Basil Hayden’s Bourbon, and balances with Canadian rye from the award-winning Alberta Distillery. A finishing touch of California port ties a bow of sweetness and deep ruby-color on this unprecedented blend.

“Bringing Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye to life as the first-ever permanent addition to the Basil Hayden’s family is an exciting moment for the brand and our growing fan base,” said Rob Mason, Vice President of North American Whiskey at Beam Suntory. “Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye offers an unparalleled complexity and rich flavor, while staying true to the unique approachability and style that has made our bourbon a long-time favorite.”

Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye (80 proof)
Visual: Medium brown.
Nose: Surprisingly reticent at first, repeated olfactory dips into the glass reveal a rich old-world character of Victorian elegance, in no small part due to the port finish. The rye plays a softer role than expected, leaving an almost molasses edge to the nose.
Taste: Deep and rich in much the same way that a dark rum has. The overall impression is of a soft rye married to a slightly sweetened Canadian styled whisky.
Finish: Medium long with chewy molasses cookie notes.
Overall: Eminently mixable in whiskey cocktails, this also is beautiful served on its own with a large cube of ice. A most welcome addition to the Hayden portfolio.
GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: Basil Haydens

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