The Farmer Who Inspired Basil Hayden's Iconic, Namesake Bourbon

Basil Hayden whiskey is an icon of the bourbon community. Complete with approachable flavor, beautiful packaging, and an elegant name.

Basil Hayden

Basil Hayden whiskey, an icon in the bourbon world, pays tribute to Meredith Basil Hayden, Sr., an 18th-century whiskey pioneer known as the Father of High Rye Bourbon. Produced by Jim Beam, Basil Hayden Straight Bourbon, released in 1992, remains a central figure in their Small Batch Bourbon Collection, celebrated for its low-proof yet high-quality character and inspiring offshoots like Basil Hayden Dark Rye and Basil Hayden Toast.