Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye Whiskey (2015) Review

One of two rye whiskies in the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, Thomas H. Handy (THH) Sazerac Rye comes to us uncut and unfiltered.  This year’s edition arrives at a strong 126.9 proof.  The 2015 edition is comprised of 58 barrels of whiskey aged six years.  30.23%of the original whiskey evaporated.  THH is a barrel proof version of the standard Sazerac rye whiskey.

The nose here is fruity, with some almond, caramel and rye grain notes.  Its a tad sweeter than last year’s, and smells richer.  Taste-wise, it’s surprisingly sweet on entry.  I get a bit of that rye spice, caramel chew, some baking spice and a little toffee.  Very nice balance between the sharp rye and sweet notes.  The finish is medium-long, with both of the dominant flavors carrying over, then becoming a little dry.  Very nice.

This year’s Thomas H. Handy Sazerac is outstanding.  It’s beautiful balance makes it dangerously drinkable.  It really doesn’t drink like a barrel proof whiskey.  Like other members of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, this whiskey is going to be highly sought after.  There’s not a lot of THH to go around, and this edition comes highly recommended.

(Note: A small review sample was provided by Buffalo Trace.)

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