Sazerac Rye 18 Year (Fall 2016)
Buffalo Trace Antique Collection // Kentucky, USA
For many years, this release had been pulled from a stainless-steel tank. Placed there to ensure that there would be some, albeit in tiny allotments, 18-year rye to release each year. This release marks the first "new" batch in years. 24 barrels for this rye were filled in spring 1998. It is bottled at 90 proof.
RyeMash bill at least 51% rye; aged in new, charred oak barrels.
Cask Typenew, charred American oak
"Brown sugar and smoky rye spice on the nose, with oak, cedar, and light medicinal notes. A dry entry on the palate followed by black pepper and spice, and a woodsy-mossy, morning stroll through a damp forest effect. Behind all of that comes vanillins and sweetness to round it out. Finish is long and a bit hot, but smooth, with spearmint, black pepper, oak, and a trio of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Finish really sticks around for a while."