Review #151. Thomas H Handy Rye 2015

Review #151 | /r/Bourbon Review #86 – 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: 63.45% ABV (2015 Vintage)

Age: 6 Years

Source: Sample

Nose: Maple madness, it smells like the state of Vermont with a dash of pepper. It’s hot and I notice it a tad more than the 2012 and 2014 but everything seems a good bit richer. More concentrated.

Taste: This is a tad hotter but not unbearably so. It amazes me that even with the proof on all of these, I don’t feel like they need water. Lots of maple, lots of pepper, lots of vanilla here too which I haven’t noticed as much in the others. Spicy and rich, with a good deal of oak and leathery dustiness.

Finish: This one is very long as well and not punishing although I notice more heat that with the others on this one. Still delicious and I still wish I could have an unending supply.

Overall: Consistent and delicious. THH is a winner for sure.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 8


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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