Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye (Fall 2018)
Thomas H. Handy // Kentucky, USA
Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye (Fall 2018) is an uncut, unfiltered Kentucky straight rye and is one of five bottlings in the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection released each fall. This year's batch was distilled in spring 2012 and aged in Warehouses I & L. It is bottled at 128.8 proof.
RyeMash bill at least 51% rye; aged in new, charred oak barrels.
Cask Typenew, charred American oak
"If not adding water, let the whiskey sit for awhile after opening so you can make out more aromas on the nose. Cedar comes through initially along with dark spices and tea leaves. Upon further tastes, sweet corn and vanilla peak in from time to time. On the palate, the dark flavors of rye spice take over with some cigar smoke and rope. It's a bit hot without water, but smooth. Adding a few drops of water, of course, opens up the whiskey and provides more sweetness both on the nose and taste. The finish is filled with baking spices--particularly cardamom and star anise--and a more savory than sweet profile. Although it lacks the depth of the older bottles in the BTAC, it is thoroughly enjoyable. "