Review #150. Thomas H Handy Rye 2013

Review #150 | /r/Bourbon Review #85- 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: 64.2% ABV (2013 Vintage)

Age: 6 Years

Source: Sample


Nose: There’s some metallic note first off which I haven’t noticed a whole lot before. It fades quickly though to the heavy hand of buttery molasses and maple. This one seems to be the hottest of the 4 and a little less spicy. More overall astringency – but what notes are there are just cranked to 11.

Taste: I was right – this one certainly is hotter. It’s no GTS or Stagg Jr Batch 1, but there’s some heat. Still delicious though, it’s got the most maple and molasses and oak of the 4 I’ve tasted today so I’m willing to accept the extra heat. The buttery rye and pepper is well pronounced and delicious.

Finish: It’s hotter (notice the trend) but not as long as some of the others. It’s still a head above some other ryes though. Tons of pepper and oak on the way out.

Overall: Consistently delicious.

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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