Basil Hayden's Bourbon dates back to 1796, when master distiller Basil Hayden used a traditional corn base, but mixed in small grains with the mash. A Kentucky straight bourbon with plenty of rye at its core - plenty spicy, well balanced with herbal notes of peppermint and a touch of fruit. ~ Master of Malt
The lightest-bodied Jim Beam small batch bourbon whiskey is Basil Hayden's, created by Beam Suntory (a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings of Osaka, Japan). It is 80 proof as opposed to its three sibling brands, Baker's, Booker's, and Knob Creek, which have greater alcohol content. The 1992 launch of the bourbon brand Basil Hayden's, which bears the name of Basil Hayden Sr. Hayden was a distiller who utilized more rye in his mash than some other bourbon producers did. Later, Raymond B. Hayden, Hayden's grandson, established a distillery in Nelson County with the moniker 'Old Grand-Dad' in his grandfather's honor. The label has a portrait of Basil Sr. One of the four items in Beam Industries' 'small batch' collection was 'Basil Hayden's.' The brand claims to employ a mash that is identical to Knob Creek, which was first used by Hayden in 1792. The company's initial age statement was 'Aged 8 Years,' but in 2014 it was changed to 'Artfully Aged,' denoting that the brand no longer offers an age guarantee.