Feb. 23, 2023

Basil Hayden Red Wine Finish!

Basil Hayden Red Wine Finish!

On today's episode we have a Basil Hayden Red wine Cask Finish.  Continuing our series in finishes, we have a beam Suntory bottle created by its newest master Distiller, Freddie Noe!  We talk about master distilling VS Master Blending, Different finishing styles, and the Jim Beam Legacy.  All that and more on today's episode of Whiskey Chasers!

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  • May of last year, Fred Noe announced that he was naming his son, Freddie Noe as master distiller
  • Which makes him the 8th generation master distiller in the beam family
  • Freddie is known for his creation of the Little Book series, which is my all time favorite series
  • You could understand my excitement when I heard that he was the master behind the latest release.
  • Crafted in 1992 by Booker Noe as part of the Small Batch collection, Basil Hayden introduced a more subtle side of bourbon compared to its counterparts
  • Named after the late Master Distiller Basil Hayden Sr
  • To craft this special expression, eighth generation master distiller Freddie Noe blends the signature Basil Hayden Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey with bourbon partially aged in Californian red wine casks
  • Tight lipped on what kind of red wine was used.
  • The thing that excites me the most about this bottle is who was responsible for it.
  • Freddie Noe might be one of the first master distillers, who I would consider to be a master blender first
  • I wonder if they are tight lipped on what red wine was used because there were multiple types?
  • Little book is blended by percentages of different whiskies so, with how perfectly blended and well rounded this bottle is, why couldn’t this be blended similarly with different percentages of basil hayden finished in different wine casks?
  • I think that naming freddie noe might prove to be a game changer in the whiskey world.
  •  Basil Hayden Sr. Was master Distiller in 1796
  • His Grandson, Raymond Basil Hayden, Started “Old Grand Dad” in his honor
  • California red Wine is a blend of red wines made in california.  Usually merlot, and Cab being the prominent profiles
  • Higher would be fine, but not longing for it
  • You can taste the rye
  • Higher proof may be worse
  • More wine forward
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