STS Bar and Grill: Basil Hayden’s
Bourbon is just outside my wheelhouse. I drink scotch mostly, but I like bourbon enough that I usually have at least one bottle in the cabinet. On a couple of recent backcountry trips Basil Hayden’s bourbon has ben the whiskey that earned the nod. Bringing it has become a bit of a habit and I don’t feel bad about abandoning one of my favorite single malts.
Straight from Kentucky, it is one of the lightest bodied whiskeys in Beam’s family of small batch bourbons. At 40% abv, it is on the low end of the alcohol scale, leading to very little bite from the alcohol itself. Once I get past the candy corn taste, that always hits me when I switch from scotch to bourbon, Basil Hayden’s is smooth and buttery on the tongue. Good over ice or straight, I find it a perfect complement to a good day fishing in the mountains.