It seems like most men I've met — from the bartender who served me these bourbons to my father — prefer Basil Hayden's ($44). Perhaps it's because it's a rye-high bourbon, which contributes to a less-sweet, more peppery bourbon. Although it's floral like rose petals on the nose, it is hot and spicy upon first sip. As it dissipates, the bourbon has a minty, herbal finish. I'm only half-joking when I say taking swigs of Basil Hayden's will leave you with good bourbon breath. The men in my life can drink this neat, while I'll take it in a mint julep.
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