Basil Hayden's Bourbon

Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

0.25 out of 5 stars
Watered down Old Grand-Dad Bonded at a $25 premium sold to people who don’t know any better. It’s “smooth” because a bunch of smooth Kentucky tap water has been dumped into it and it has nice presentation. If that floats your boat, have at it. Beam will thank you.
  • BDanner

    @Skymecca I will agree about the price. Especially after they drops the age statement. While it does share a mashbill with OGD & OGDBIB, it is more closely related to watered down OGD114. The barrels for OGD114 & Basil Hayden go in at a lower proof point than the barrels used for OGD & OGDBIB. That’s why I buy the OGD114 and save the $15. If I want Basil Hayden, I make my own with a little bottled spring water.

  • Skymecca

    @skillerified It isn’t as if it is terrible whisky. More like a terrible buy, paying more for less. The rating is really for the price for what was stronger bottom shelf bourbon with water poured in it.

  • skillerified

    Damn. I guess I need to go back to this because I have fond memories of this that pre-date any serious thinking about whiskey. I'm curious now.

  • Scott_E

    @Skymecca agreed. I found this bland, uninspiring, unimpressive and overpriced. Not even on my radar.

  • Bourbon_Obsessed_Lexington

    @Skymecca there is a fair amount of marketing genius in the industry. It fleeces me to this day but I write it off as the cost of the adventure. That said, the bottle dressing should have been a dead give away!

  • Skymecca

    @Bourbon_Obsessed_Lexington I’m admittedly being a little harsh as this has its place as a gift bottle at a gentle proof for newbies, but anyone who has tried their share of whiskies and knows something about the industry realizes this stuff represents marketing and branding at its finest. Whoever came up with the idea to rebrand OGD, water it down to stretch stocks further, pay $2 more a bottle to dress up the presentation and then clear $30 more a bottle in pure gross margin for the company deserves a raise. It’s an absolute fleecing of the consumer.

  • Bourbon_Obsessed_Lexington

    I really want to believe this has gotten worse over time rather than admit I once thought highly of this... ignorance is not bliss but it is cheaper.