Basil Hayden Releases Red Wine Cask Finish

Terry Bunch Co-Founder / Editor-in-Chief

Basil Hayden® continues to shine a light on what bourbon can be with their newest, limited-edition release, Basil Hayden Red Wine Cask Finish. The perfect balance of the signature light, refined flavor profile that fans love coupled with distinctive notes of red wine, Basil Hayden Red Wine Cask Finish offers an invitation into bourbon.

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. The vanilla and charred oak notes of classic Basil Hayden intertwine with flavors of dried fruit and sweet nectar imparted by the red wine cask for a layered, complex yet approachable result. The perfect foray into the category for wine-lovers and an intriguing expression for bourbon enthusiasts, Noe crafted this approachable whiskey with the aperitif sipping occasion in mind.

This new limited-edition expression is representative of Basil Hayden founder, Booker Noe’s mission for his whiskey to open people’s minds up to what bourbon can be. Basil Hayden continues to reach new audiences and expand the boundaries of how and when bourbon can be consumed with the unexpected addition of a red wine cask finish.

Rich amber and toasted brown hues make for a warm welcome into the whiskey, which then give way into aromas of dried fruit notes with cherry, vanilla, and toasted oak on the nose. Upon the first sip, flavors of sweet ambrosia are complemented by complex levels of charred oak. Rounded off with a warm, crisp finish, the highly versatile flavor profile of Basil Hayden Red Wine Cask Finish makes it ideal for serving in aperitif-style cocktails.

“We are creating new avenues for consumers to enjoy our light and inviting expressions through unique cask finishes and innovative releases,” said Jonathan Marks, Senior Marketing Director for Global Small Batch Bourbon at Beam Suntory. “Basil Hayden Red Wine Cask Finish continues the Basil Hayden mission to opening up the category to new drinkers and occasions.”   

Hitting shelves alongside the annual release of Basil Hayden 10-Year, Basil Hayden Red Wine Cask Finish arrives just in time for the holidays. This limited-time release will be available at fine wine and spirit retailers nationwide at a suggested price of $59.99/750mL. For the wine-lover looking to make an entry into bourbon or the whiskey connoisseur’s next acquisition – and everyone in-between – Basil Hayden Red Wine Cask Finish makes for the perfect gift. To discover more about Basil Hayden visit and follow along on InstagramFacebook and Twitter, for the latest updates on upcoming releases and initiatives.