Basil Hayden's Red Wine Cask Finish Bourbon Whiskey is an exquisite and innovative expression that pushes the boundaries of bourbon craftsmanship. Building upon the classic Basil Hayden's Bourbon, this unique release undergoes an additional maturation period in red wine casks, resulting in a captivating flavor profile that marries the best of bourbon and red wine.
To create this exceptional whiskey, Basil Hayden's Distillery starts with its signature high-rye mash bill, known for its spicy and robust character. The bourbon is then aged in charred new American oak barrels, allowing it to develop the classic caramel and vanilla notes synonymous with traditional bourbon.
What sets Basil Hayden's Red Wine Cask Finish Bourbon Whiskey apart is its finishing process. After the initial maturation period, a portion of the bourbon is transferred to carefully selected red wine casks, previously used to mature red wines. This secondary maturation imparts a unique set of flavors and aromas onto the bourbon, elevating its complexity and adding a delightful twist.
The red wine cask finish imparts a subtle influence, revealing additional layers of character. On the nose, one can detect the enticing aromas of ripe berries, dark chocolate, and a hint of spice, providing a preview of the exciting journey to come.
Upon tasting, the bourbon delivers a delightful interplay of flavors. The familiar notes of caramel, vanilla, and oak from the bourbon are complemented by the red wine cask influence, offering nuances of red fruits, blackberries, and a touch of tannins. The marriage of bourbon and red wine creates a harmonious balance, resulting in a whiskey that is both familiar and intriguingly different.
Basil Hayden's Red Wine Cask Finish Bourbon Whiskey is bottled at a smooth and approachable proof, allowing the flavors to shine without overpowering the palate. It can be savored neat or used as a unique twist in classic bourbon cocktails, adding a layer of complexity to your favorite drinks.
This innovative expression from Basil Hayden's is a testament to the brand's commitment to pushing the boundaries of bourbon. With its red wine cask finish, it offers whiskey enthusiasts a truly distinctive and memorable tasting experience that is sure to captivate and delight.