Basil Hayden Subtle Smoke derives its refined smokiness through secondary aging, resulting in a smoother, layered flavor profile that complements the sweet and spicy notes of Basil Hayden bourbon.
Basil Hayden Subtle Smoke
Basil Hayden Subtle Smoke features the same high-rye mash bill that Basil Hayden loyalists know and love, but uses secondary aging to deliver a unique, layered flavor with a refined hint of smokiness.
The process commences with the toasting and gentle charring of the secondary barrel, followed by the careful ignition of hickory-smoked chips continuously introduced for a controlled smoke infusion. This smoke is subsequently introduced into the barrel, yielding notes of delicate char and subtle butterscotch. This unique flavor profile offers a smoother, understated approach to smokiness, serving as an elegantly accessible introduction to both bourbon and the Basil Hayden brand.
Serving Subtle Smoke neat or on the rocks allows the mellow smoke and sweet vanilla notes to shine while complementing the spicy rye flavors typical to Basil Hayden bourbon’s high-rye mash bill. At 80 proof, Subtle Smoke is light enough to examine on the palate without the burn typically associated with higher-proof or overly smoky spirits.