Sazerac

18 Years Old

ABV 45%
REVIEWED Issue 76, Issue 84, Issue 100
Specifications
Brand: Sazerac
Expression: 18 Years Old
Type: USA Whisky / Grain
Age: 18 years old
ABV: 45%
Country/Region: USA / Kentucky
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Awards
Editor's Choice
Issue 76
Recommended
Issue 84
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Buffalo Trace Distillery, 1001 Wilkinson Boulevard, PO Box 619, Frankfort, KY, Kentucky, USA
Taster   Martine Nouet
Nose: Rich,refined.Antique shop,polished oak floor.Granny's wardrobe :cloved orange,rose petals,cinnamon.Wet ground coffee.Cocoa powder.
Palate: Gently flowing.Quite crisp and dry. Perfect balance with the nose. Oaky flavours are more precise but well mastered.
Finish: Long,lingering on spices and orange peel.
Comment: A superb bourbon. As neat and perfectly dressed and combed as Richard Paterson!
9.0
Taster   Dominic Roskrow
Nose: Big and full,with vanilla,candy, over-ripe plum and peach,dusty and with lots of tannin.
Palate: A big boy bourbon - full on candy and rich fruits,saddle leather, cherry,cocoa and lots of sharp astringent woody notes.
Finish: Long and woody,with sweet spice fruits.Planning to drink something else? Don't bother.
Comment: Whiskey's answer to the new AC/DC album:old,male, predictable but damn fine,too.
9.0
Taster   Rob Allanson
Nose: Slightly dusty and dry, like an old church hall. Then sweetness emerges, with barbecued pineapple and black treacle too.
Palate: Warmed rye bread and melted butter, but then dry and spicy. Some dark fruitcompote as well.
Finish: That dusty dry note and fresh oak.
Comment: Perfect for play with cocktails, great stuff really.
8.7
Taster  
Nose: Ripe bananas, new leather, black pepper, molasses and stem ginger. Developing black cherries.
Palate: Big, dry, very spicy rye grain notes. Water releases blackcurrants.
Finish: Quite long and drying, with a pleasing oak note. Pepper and menthol.
Comment:
8.5
Taster   Rob Allanson
Nose: Dry and dusty,those classic rye traits. Has some mellow spices andsweetness to it too.
Palate: A short dryness laced with sour fruit, cherries,plum skins. Acetone.
Finish: Sweet with walnut and dates.
Comment: Shows off those classic rye qualities. Magnificent.
8.5
Taster   Martine Nouet
Nose: Fruity but with a sour note. Cider apple,even cider cellar with a note of damp wood. In the back, curry. Keeps sour. Obviously a high content of rye.
Palate: Crisp. In the same key as the nose. Sour plum compote. Varnish. Hint of Turkish delight.
Finish: Sweeter. Slightly nutty. Caramelised pecan. Lingering.
Comment: Another Rye Whiskey ? The nose is a bit dour but the palate is more balanced. An interesting character.
8.0
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