Review #183. Thomas H Handy Sazerac Rye 2011

Whiskey Network Review #183 | /r/Bourbon Review #101: Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye 2011, 128.6pf

This is the 2011 Vintage

Nose: Pepper and butter. Caramel and toffee with some nice peanut brittle notes. Not Beam funk peanut but a sweet, salty, savory combination of salt and pepper and buttery caramel.

Taste: Not too punishing on the palate for the proof. Thick rye spice, a good deal of pepper and butter. Sweet nougaty toffee. For such a young product, this really shines with relatively minimal roughness on the edges.

Finish: Medium long – grows hotter but for the proof it is pleasant and delicious. Lots of buttery caramel and pepper. A good dusting of clove.

Overall: I wish I had my paws on this when I did the full SBS but my inner curiosity is a fiend – so I pulled out my bottle of 2012 to compare this sample to. This is a bit more peppery – the 2012 a bit sweeter but both are absurdly delicious for their age. I can’t say that I have a favorite but I’m not complaining one bit that I’m in this pickle. Or rather, no pickle at all since this isn’t MGP rye. I really like rye and cask strength rye makes me even happier. I’m rating this fine fellow an 8 which means it’s quite the dram to talk about on the scale. At Rank 8, Thomas H Handy Sazerac Rye 2011 sits next to other big guns like Smooth Ambler Cask Strength Rye, Whistle Pig Store Select Rye and High West’s Midwinter’s Night Dram. Thanks for reading!

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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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