Review #149. Thomas H Handy Rye 2014

Review #149 | /r/Bourbon Review #84 – Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye

The Schtick: This is a 6 year old, cask strength rye released as part of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection each Fall. Proof varies with vintage.


Distiller: Buffalo Trace

Bottler: Buffalo Trace

ABV: 54.95% ABV (2014 Vintage)

Age: 6 Years

Source: Sample


Nose: Little more rye spice and a little earthier feel but generally similar. Lots of buttery sweet molasses and brown sugar with a little less astringency in the nose.

Taste: God, this won’t ever get old. Thick and satisfying, lots of buttery brown sugar. It’s almost syrupy and the rye comes storming in with the molasses to balance things out in peppery fashion. Almost a tiny bit of lemon to go with the sweets, but just the faintest hint.

Finish: Long and punchy, a little less hot and a little more sweet than spicy here but still great all around. Yum.

Overall: What I said above. Ditto. Yum.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 8


Decoded:

1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect


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