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.