Our Whiskey of the Month for January is Basil Hayden’s. Basil Hayden’s Bourbon dates back to 1796, when Master Distiller Basil Hayden Sr. created a recipe using traditional corn mash with a high rye content. Jim Beam reintroduced this product using a similar recipe in 1988. The use of rye in the mash gives the bourbon a nice spicy contrast to the sweetness of corn. Basil Hayden is aged eight years and bottled at 80 proof to give it lighter more refreshing flavor then most small batch bourbons. On the nose the whiskey has hints of honey, menthol, a touch of vanilla, and rye grain. The palate matches the nose with a little citrus thrown in. The finish is mild and short leaving you with the taste of rye. Its characteristics makes it an easy sipping bourbon best with just a tiny splash of water to really bring out the aromatics.
It’s free to join the Big Jones Bourbon Society, just ask your server or bartender to sign up on your next visit. You’ll receive a passport to forty of our more than sixty whiskeys. On each visit, members are welcome to one complimentary pour of the Whiskey of the Month (WOM) which will usually (but not always) be a straight Kentucky bourbon whiskey. Big Jones Bourbon Society members will also receive invitations to members-only events such as whiskey tastings and whiskey socials.
Of course you’re welcome to enjoy any whiskey on our list at any time. We’ll mark off your passport as you taste each of the forty whiskeys, and once you’ve tasted them all, you will earn the distinction of Master Taster, and win tickets for two to a one-of-a-kind all-out whiskey dinner. As the ranks of Master Tasters grows, we will host a series of monthly dinners for Master Tasters only.
Look forward to seeing you in the restaurant, and keep sipping whiskey. Cheers.