Thomas H. Handy

Sazerac, Straight Rye Whisky

ABV 64.3%
REVIEWED Issue 70, Issue 80, Issue 84, Issue 100
Brand: Thomas H. Handy
Expression: Sazerac, Straight Rye Whisky
Type: USA Whisky / Rye
Age: No Age Statement
ABV: 64.3%
Country/Region: USA / Kentucky
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
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Buffalo Trace Distillery, 1001 Wilkinson Boulevard, PO Box 619, Frankfort, KY, Kentucky, USA
Taster   Rob Allanson
Nose: Big and bold. Plenty of fresh oak and coconut cream then comes somesalted caramel, blackberry compote.
Palate: Gentle at first, with cornbread, then the dry spices build. Plenty of tannins and oak grip.
Finish: Drying and packed with oak grip.
Comment: Another excellent release of rye.
Taster   Rob Allanson
Nose: Some many layers it unwraps like a flower. Cracked pepper and a little clove. That dry dustiness is back. Some citrus notes.
Palate: The spices grip through a sweetness,but the layers of citrus and sweetness balance out well.
Finish: Lush and floral.
Comment: Manhattan time. A benchmark rye.
Taster   Martine Nouet
Nose: Floral and delicate. Freesia.Rose syrup. White pepper. Hint of jasmine tea. Orange blossom honey. Red currant jelly. A real delight.
Palate: Silky. Sweet at start but soon dry spices push it on the grippy side. But yet the fruit and spices find a good balance. Turkish delight. That rose note lingers elegantly.
Finish: Rose, rose, rose...
Comment: An unusual floral profile for a rye. But delightful. What a nose!
Taster   Rob Allanson
Nose: Reminds me of bow resin. Rye bread with a little wood shaving and cedar. There are bags of rye with a decent oak note.
Palate: Takes you off on a rye trip. Tons of oak, red fruit and that rye pep reallygrips you.
Finish: Simply whallops you.
Comment: One of the first big ryes I tried. Still leaves its impact.
Taster   Gavin D. Smith
Nose: Fudge, Chantilly cream, summer fruits, ginger nuts.
Palate: Nice balance of velvety vanilla and more aggressive rye.
Finish: Relentless spiciness, a touch of chilli.
Comment: Another fine example of why rye has been undergoing a resurgence.
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Highly perfumed and resinous. Odd fellows,dried tangerine skins,light touch of pencil shavings and varnish. Big perfumed rye attack. Fresh baked rye sourdough bread. Highly perfumed, rosewater,pot pourri.
Palate: Hot! this needs ice/water/other ingredients in a cocktail. A huge blast of flavour. Masses of cherry,anise and oil of cloves,light acorn notes. Good sharpness.
Finish: Long and explosive.
Comment: Not for the fainthearted.
Taster   Martine Nouet
Nose: Pungent and sweet at the same time. Rich caramel,cloved orange. Mint toffee. Then a big whiff of clovescomes back. Like in a Jamaican rum.
Palate: Sweet at start but the alcohol gives a kick. Though not in an aggressive way. Excellent balance with the nose.Spicy (cloves again,liquorice and aniseed).
Finish: Warm but again,a sweet balance.
Comment: The dram to taste after a visit to the dentist's. Water soothes the alcohol down and keeps the spicy profile up.
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Sweet baby Jesus what's this?! An extraordinary aromatic nose: Peychaud bitters,spun sugar,rosewater, Oddfellows (cinnamon sweets) and,weirdly,freshly applied varnish. A ready-made cocktail (just add ice).
Palate: That alcohol will sear your tastebuds so add some ice.The flavour brings to mind cough medicine (this is not bad thing).Intense is the word.
Finish: Spicy.
Comment: Wild at heart. Bonkers.
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