April 4, 2018
I stumbled upon this Basil Hayden's Dark Rye at one of my favorite honey holes (Turnpike Liquor off I-65 in Shepherdsville), so since I had heard good things about it, I figured I would pick it up. My thoughts:
1) With a price point of $40, for a "limited release" bourbon, I found this, frankly, under-priced, which is rare these days.
2) It is one of the darker spirits I have drank, especially at only 80 proof. It is a dark amber color (hence the name Dark Rye)
3) The nose is heavy on the rye mixed with fruit...it did have a little more heat on the nose than I had anticipated since it is only 80 proof.
4) The flavor is a combination of sweet rye and the port barrel remnants. A little heat, but not in a bad way, more of a spicey - rye bread way.
5) The finish is the mystery. Everything else was pretty good up until the finish, then, boom, a long, lingering strange molasses finish. I had never tasted anything like it.
Overall, it was not bad, but also, not my cup of tea. At $40, if you are looking for something different, then give this a try.