Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye (Fall 2016)
Buffalo Trace Antique Collection // Kentucky, USA
Thomas H. Handy, the first barman to use rye in the Sazerac cocktail which originally was made with Cognac. This year's bottling was distilled in the spring of 2010 and aged on the 4th, 5th, & 7th floors of Warehouses I, K, & M. It is bottled uncut and unfiltered at 126.2 proof.
RyeMash bill at least 51% rye; aged in new, charred oak barrels.
Cask Typenew, charred American oak
"Sharp nose reveals the heft of its proof, with white pepper, oak, rye, burnt toast, and all spice, as well as a vanillin sweetness lurking in the background. Alcohol heat can blow out the palate here so tread lightly. Behind that, find spearmint, cedar, and a rich sweetness of brown sugar and molasses. A hot finish, leaving the lips tingly, offers more minty-medicinal notes and white pepper, with all spice and jerk seasoning. You'll want to open this up with water, revealing more sweetness: pumpkin bread filled with baking spices, along with maple syrup, and vanilla."