Just in time for spring we bring you a review of the lightest bourbon in the Jim Beam Small Batch collection. Like most bourbon namesakes, Basil Hayden was historically significant to the great state of Kentucky: he established our very first Catholic church back in 1785!
For those of you who are fans of Old Grand-Dad, the bust on the bottle is Basil Hayden himself and he IS Old Grand Dad. So Basil Hayden is a bourbon onto itself, and a bourbon by another name. At the same time.
Mind. Blown. So according to the Beam Suntory site, here is how it worked out:
“Old Grand-Dad was a distiller named Basil Hayden who made his name by distilling a bourbon whiskey made with a higher percentage of rye. Basil Hayden passed along the art of distilling to his son and then, in turn, to his grandson. It was the third generation distiller, Colonel R.B. Hayden, who honored his grandfather by naming his justly famed whiskey “Old Grand-Dad.”