Whiskey Dreams – Basil Hayden’s

Basil Haden’s is another of my go to whiskeys and it quite honestly is perfect if you want to introduce a new whisky drinker into the fold. It has the combination of being relatively cheap (in the bourbon world) and easy drinking. I’ve heard people claim that because its only 40% ABV that it is whiskey-lite or that it doesn’t pack the punch of other whiskeys. I honestly think those people are crazy. I can’t really tell any difference between 40%ABV and other bottles like Eagle Rare which are 45%ABV.

If you haven’t tried Basil Haden’s, I highly suggest getting a bottle, it is an excellent bourbon. If you don’t believe me, look at my night last night. I did not mean to drink that much, and yes I did pay for it the next day, but we were playing board games and having a ball.

In terms of ranking, this is a solid 75/100, and ties with Eagle Rare  in my book.

Pros

  • Smooth
  • A bargain when you can find it for between $30 and $40.
  • Wonderful cinnamon, pepper and other spices on the tongue.

Cons:

  • Not always in stock.
  • It gives me a horrible hangover when I don’t realize I drank half the bottle at one go.

 

BottleScorePriceDate Reviewed
Redbreast 12 Year96$80 / 750ml
Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style Bourbon96$65 / 750ml3/28/2021
Jameson Distiller's Safe95$65 / 750ml
Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon94$45 / 750ml
Booker's "Sip Awhile" 2017-493$80 / 750ml
Knappogue Castle 14 Year92$68 / 750ml
Redbreast 1591$99 / 750ml7/18/2021
Bib & Tucker91$75 / 750ml2020
Angels Envy90$65 / 750ml2020
Dublin Liberties Copper Alley Irish Whiskey90$75 / 750ml5/23/2021
Tyrconnel 16 Year88$95 / 750ml1/3/2021
Tyrconnel Single Malt87$49 / 750ml
Knappognue Castle 12 Year87$55 / 750ml
Powers Three Swallow87$38 / 750ml
Fighting 69th86$30 / 750ml5/16/2021
Green Spot86$75/ 750ml
Tin Cup85$30 / 750ml
Jameson Triple Triple85$45 / 750ml
Smooth Ambler Old Scout Whiskey84$40 / 750ml
Uncle Nearest 185684$55 / 750ml
Kilbeggan Traditional Irish Whiskey84$30 / 750ml
Lambay Cognac Finish83$65 / 750ml
Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition83$50 / 750ml
Glenmorangie The Original 10 Year82$50 / 750ml
Jameson Blender's Dog82$67 / 750ml
Redwood Empire Pipe Dream Bourbon81$45 / 750ml
Jameson Black Barrel81$39 / 750ml
Tullamore D.E.W. 1481$75 / 750ml7/11/2021
This Dubliner80$35 / 750ml5/7/2021
Old Forester 187080$55 / 750ml2020
Jameson80$40 / 750ml
Don Julio 194280$160 / 750ml
Michters US 1 Small Batch79$45 / 750ml2020
Monkey Shoulder79$35 / 750ml
Old Forester 189779$55 / 750ml2020
Yellowstone78$35 / 750ml2020
Chestnut Farms Bourbon77$45 / 750ml
West Cork77$30 / 750ml
Basil Hayden's75$35 / 750ml2020
Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Bourbon75$35 / 750ml2020
Old Forester Statesman75$65 / 750ml
Hirsch Small Batch74$35 / 750ml2020
Slane74$33 / 750ml3/7/2021
Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey74$45 / 750ml
Tullamore D.E.W 12 Year73$50 / 750ml
Legent72$35 / 750ml
John L. Sullivan Irish Whiskey72$25 / 750ml7/25/2021
Clyde May's Original Alabama Style Whiskey72$33 / 750ml1/31/2021
Bushmills 10 Year72$50 / 750ml
Proper Twelve71$30 / 750ml
Teeling Whiskey70$50 / 750ml2020
Redbreast Lustau 12 Year Old70$80/ 750ml
Mr. Whidkey70$22 / 750ml3/21/2021
Tullamore Dew Crock69$40 / 750ml
Tito's Vodka69$30 / 750ml3/14/2021
Death's Door68$40 / 750ml2/28/2021
Bird Dog Kentucky Bourbon68$22 / 750ml
Appleton Reserve Blend Jamaican Rum67$30 / 750ml
Cruzan No. 9 Spiced Rum67$20 / 750ml2020
Four Roses Small Batch66$30 / 750ml2020
Beer Barrel Bourbon66$35 / 750ml2020
Paddy’s Irish Whiskey66$33 / 750ml2/21/2021
McConnell’s Irish Whisky66$25 / 750ml
Kavanagh 16 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey66$50 / 750ml
Gentleman Jack65$35 / 750ml2020
Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey65$35 / 750ml
Quiet Man Traditional65$40 / 750ml
Kraken Rum64$25 / 750ml2020
Wild Turkey63$35 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew63$25 / 750ml
Bushmills Irish Whiskey62$31 / 750ml
Stillhouse Black Bourbon61$20 / 750ml3/24/2021
Writers Tears61$35 / 750ml
Jefferson60$25/ 750ml2020
Maker's Mark60$25 / 750ml
Old Grand-Dad 11459$30 / 750ml
Fighting Cock58$18 / 750ml
Elijah Craig57$27 / 750ml2020
Bulleit Bourbon56$28 / 750ml
Buffalo Trace55$25 / 750ml2020
The Sexton54$40 / 750ml
Fistful of Bourbon53$40 / 750ml
Kilbrin 10 Year Single Malt52$55 / 750ml2/7/2021
Jack Daniels`51$25 / 750ml2020
Howler Head50$25 / 750ml4/18/2021
Agitator Kentucky Bourbon50$30 / 750ml2/14/2021
Knob Creek Small Batch49$30 / 750ml
Blade and Bow48$50 / 750ml1/10/2021
Widow Jane45$70 / 750ml2020
Teeling Single Malt43$65 / 750ml
GlenGoyne 12 Year42$75/ 750ml
Dogfish Head Alternate Takes41$55/ 750ml
Redemption40$30 / 750ml2020
Rowan's Creek39$30 / 750ml
Hudson Whiskey Baby Bourbon38$50 / 750ml
Woodford Reserve30$13 / 50ml2020
Breaker29$60 / 750ml
Pure Kentucky28$40 / 750ml
Stranahan's Single Malt27$65 / 750ml
Egan’s Fortitude Irish Whiskey26$50 / 750ml1/24/2021
Winchester Extra Smooth15$23 / 750ml2020
Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey10$20 / 750ml2020
Hill Billy9$20 / 750ml2020
Fireball5$18 / 750ml2020
Busker Single Malt4$34 / 750ml4/4/2021
Kavanagh Single Malt Irish Whiskey3$35 / 750ml
Balvenie Caribbean Cask2$90 / 750ml
American XXX Born - Bourbon Whiskey1$26 / 750ml