Basil Hayden's Small Batch Bourbon, 8yo, standard bottle, no box but a metal band around the middle that holds the label, 80 proof, about $25-30.
I stayed home today because we were having new windows put in. I could have bought a car for what these cost Did work around the house like cleaning gutters and prepping the garden for winter. After the workmen left for the day I kicked back and poured some of Mr. Hayden's bourbon in my glass.
This is very light bourbon with almost no kick because it is only 80 proof. The nose is very clean with some rye noticed. Tasting didn't really back up the rye in the nosing; in fact it was pretty non-descript. A little sweetness and vanilla but altogether mostly bland.
I expected vastly more from this bourbon as the others in the "Small Batch Collection" (Booker's, Knob Creek, and Baker's) are all fairly good bourbons. If ever there was a beginner’s bourbon, this is it. Weak neat, it almost disappears over ice or with water. Maybe it is good for a mixed drink that calls for bourbon as one of many ingredients but I doubt even that. Most likely the worst of any small batch bourbon I've ever had. Buy something else for your $28.
Edited by AVB, 05 September 2013 - 12:27 PM.