Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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Behind door 18 of our Drinks by the Dram Bourbon Advent Calendar a sample of Basil Hayden’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey at 40% is hiding. First thing I notice when opening the sample is the dry wood, tobacco leaf and spice notes coming of this one. Nettle, vanilla, black dry tea, minerals, sandalwood and a small hint of honey and mint far away in the back I also spot on this nose…

The palate is at first very rich of different notes of nuts, wood and herbs. Its sweeter notes of vanilla, red apple, red current, caramel and cherry push it back for a short amount of time before releasing full flavours of nettle, hay and pencils on the, in this case, too long finish, but that is due to me not preferring this high amount of ‘green & woody’ notes. It certainly is something different then what I have been trying so far in this Advent Calendar, that makes the journey fun I could say, some I like so far and some not so… Either way thanks to Drinks by the Dram for sharing this sample so I could explore some other areas of the bourbon world!

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