Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye (Fall 2015)
Thomas H. Handy // Kentucky, USA
This rye is named for the genius 19th century New Orleans bartender who first used rye in the classic Sazerac cocktail, (previously made with Cognac.) This uncut and unfiltered straight rye is the fraternal twin of the George T. Stagg bourbon, both released at full cask-strength. This edition was distilled in the spring of 2009 and aged on the 4th and 7th floors of Warehouses I, K and M at Buffalo Trace.
RyeMash bill at least 51% rye; aged in new, charred oak barrels.
Cask Typenew, charred American oak
"This whiskey is like a favorite sweater, something with which to look forward to reaching for each autumn. This year's release was a particular delight, with malted chocolate, sweet and peppery spices, basically tasting like the whiskey equivalent of a comforting spiced cocoa. A measure of acidity balances it out beautifully. This very special whiskey begs to be poured and savored slowly, making the best of each precious drop."