Basil Hayden’s uncorks new rye whiskey

Basil Hayden’s bourbon on Wednesday announced the launch of its first rye whiskey, a move, presumably, designed to jump into this trending whiskey category.

A Kentucky straight rye whiskey, Basil Hayden’s Rye achieves its deepened and distinctive taste with the addition of a unique, re-barreled rye, Beam Suntory says in a news release.

The re-barreled rye begins as a four-year-old traditional rye whiskey and is dumped and aged an additional seven years in newly charred quarter cask oak barrels.

“Just a touch of this re-barreled rye expertly blended with traditional Kentucky straight rye whiskey amplifies the warm aroma of baking spices and adds differentiating depth to Basil Hayden’s Rye Whiskey. Bottled at an easy-sipping 80 proof, the result is a versatile rye whiskey that is both approachable and flavorful with notes of char and oak,” the release says.

“The spicy character of rye has always been a signature part of what makes Basil Hayden’s special, so creating a rye whiskey was a natural fit,” said Rob Mason, Vice President of Bourbon at Beam Suntory. “This limited edition release gives our fans a chance to experience everything they love about Basil Hayden’s Bourbon — its spicy character, smoothness and approachable nature — in an interesting rye whiskey expression.”

Vital stats:

Proof: 80


Color: Golden amber


Aroma: Warm baking spices and caramel, with hints of wood rye spice


Taste: Charred oak complemented by sweet brown sugar and dried fruit


Finish: Smoke and char notes wrapped in caramel

Packaged with Basil Hayden’s iconic hand-applied parchment bib and copper belt, Basil Hayden’s Rye Whiskey is available now in limited quantities nationwide for a suggested retail price of $44.99.

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