This virtual tasting features two examples of how toasted and charred oak barrels can affect the flavor profile of American whiskey. With special guest Adam Harris, senior ambassador, American whiskey at Beam Suntory.
Basil Hayden Toast
The latest permanent release from Basil Hayden employs a unique brown rice mashbill along with a secondary finish in toasted barrels. That creates a bourbon less spicy than usual, with an enhanced caramel profile, yet a light, easy-drinking mouthfeel.
Knob Creek Rye
A robust sipper at 100 proof, sweet caramel and vanilla notes are balanced by spicy rye and toasted oak. There is a lingering warmth of spice and toasted grain throughout, but especially on the finish.