Going against the grain Runs in the family.
Basil Hayden Sr. - known as Old Grand-Dad to the generations that followed - made bourbon the way he wanted. He went against the traditional “grain” of the time and chose to distill his bourbon with a higher percentage of rye. This way of crafting bourbon was likely something he handed down to his son. And in turn, his grandson. That was Colonel R.B. Hayden who would justly name his bourbon after his Old Grand-Dad. The recipe today remains inspired by Basil’s original with complex flavors and an unmistakable spiciness. First bottled in 1882, very little has changed about it. And that’s the only way we’d have it.
- Proof: 80 proof, 100 proof Bottled in Bond, 114 proof
- Color: Golden honey brown
- Taste: Charred oak and black pepper spice with sweet notes of vanilla & caramel hints of dried fruit
How to serve
Our iconic 80 proof and Bonded expressions are best served in any number of Classic Cocktails calling for a full and layered bourbon. The 114 proof is best sipped neat or over ice.