GSN Review: Basil Hayden’s Two by Two Rye

Basil Hayden’s Bourbon, recently announced the limited release of Basil Hayden’s Two by Two Rye. A blend of two Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskies and two Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskies, Basil Hayden’s Two by Two Rye breaks category norms to offer the best of both worlds: the full spiciness of rye, complemented by the sweet characteristics and finish of bourbon.

Two by Two Rye offers a balance of 5-year-old Kentucky Straight Rye, a 7-year-old “high-rye” Kentucky Straight Rye, a 13-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon, and a 6-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon, the result is a wholly unique whiskey that remains approachable at 80 proof.

“Basil Hayden’s has always been known for its distinctive spicy finish, so innovating in the rye category continues to be an exciting venture for the brand, especially as interest in the category grows exponentially,” said Rob Mason, Vice President Marketing, Whiskey at Beam Suntory. “While Basil Hayden’s Two by Two Rye upholds our trademark spice and approachability, this blend also challenges the status quo and encourages fans to discover the versatility of rye.”

The launch of Basil Hayden’s Two by Two Rye builds on momentum set by two recent launches, including Basil Hayden’s Rye Whiskey and Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye. Both were met with impressive reception and acclaim, with Basil Hayden’s Rye Whiskey being awarded “Rye Whiskey of The Year” at the 2017 New York International Spirits Competition.

Basil Hayden’s Two by Two Rye (80 proof)
Visual: Medium gold.
Nose: Quite rye laden with a pungent and evocative oaked nose.
Taste: Very well-balanced, with a tinge of sweetness, but mostly leaning toward a dry and oaken finish. As it opens up, over time a refreshingly crisp spiciness blooms and teases the palate.
Finish: Medium long with a cinnamon/sandalwood touch.
Overall: An excellent whiskey that has been a new favorite here at GSN. Well worth seeking out at the very reasonable price point.
GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Basil Hayden’s

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