Basil Hayden Subtle Smoke, is crafted by the initial toasting and lightly charring of a secondary barrel. Afterwards, hickory-smoked chips are ignited at a constant feed to produce smoke, which is then pumped into the barrel, resulting in what’s described as soft, charred notes. Bourbon then goes through a secondary aging process in these special barrels for six months.
On the nose, aromas of mellow smoke character with a hint of vanilla preface flavors of soft char with light sweetness reminiscent of butterscotch and maple on the palette. Concluding with a crisp, yet delicate finish of smokiness with light toasted hickory wood, the new expression offers a subtle, welcoming introduction to a smoky spirit while paying homage to the bourbon’s signature high-rye style.