Basil Hayden’s 10 Year Bourbon

Basil Hayden's 10 Year

Basil Hayden’s Bourbon is part of Jim Beam’s small batch series, along with Knob Creek, Booker’s, and Baker’s. You can read more about Basil Hayden himself, and the origins of the brand, here.

Basil Haden’s is known for being a “gateway” bourbon. That is, it is an ideal introductory bourbon, due to its low alcohol content (80 proof) and inoffensive profile (sweet and smooth). The standard offering once carried an 8 year age statement, which was dropped in 2012.  Now that standard offering is rebased at between 6-8 years old.

This month, Beam just released a new product, the Basil Hayden’s 10 year bourbon. This 10 Year release is said to be a new holiday-season annual offering by Jim Beam.

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Four Grandfathers and a Guy Named Basil

Pop Quiz.  Question 1: Name the man depicted on a bottle of Old Grand-Dad.   Answer: Basil Hayden.  Question 2:  Have a pour of Basil Hayden’s and tell me the difference between it and Old Grand-Dad.  Answer:  $20.  Ok, to be fair, $20 and maybe a year or two of age.

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