Basil Hayden’s Debuts Oldest Bourbon to Date with 10-Year

Basil Hayden 10-Year
Basil Hayden 10-Year. Courtesy Jim Beam.

Jim Beam Distillery has announced the first annual release of a 10-year-old Basil Hayden’s—the brand’s oldest release of the bourbon to date.

The high-rye, low ABV Basil Hayden’s line is known for being the most approachable drinker within the Jim Beam small batch family, being bottled at just 80 proof. This age stated release will keep the same 80 proof—the minimum proof required to be labeled straight bourbon whiskey.

Basil Hayden’s has always been a crowd-pleasing choice, especially during a time when people are getting together to share drinks or a celebratory meal,” said Rob Mason, Vice President of Whiskey at Beam Suntory. “With the release of Basil Hayden’s 10-Year-Old Bourbon, we wanted to give our fans an expression that could be that ‘special something’ to enjoy when spending time with family and friends over the holidays or when picking out a great gift.”

Basil Hayden’s 10-Year-Old Bourbon should give lovers of its non-age-stated bottle a little something extra with the additional years in the barrel. The official tasting notes include “increased complexity and heightened oak aromas along with hints of char and vanilla, while maintaining Basil Hayden’s trademark spice in every sip.”

The line has seen several other limited edition releases in recent years. Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye, which included port wine in its blend, arrived last year, and Two by Two Rye, a blend of two rye whiskies and two bourbons, hit shelves this summer.

Basil Hayden’s 10-Year-Old Bourbon can be found on shelves now in limited markets for a suggested retail price of $60. The distillery hopes to offer it in limited quantities during the holidays every year going forward.

Caroline Paulus is the Senior Editor for The Bourbon Review. She lives and writes in Lexington, Kentucky. Follow her on Instagram @misswhiskeyhistorian to keep up with her latest in bourbon news - and a few old finds, too.