Review #363 – Thomas H Handy Sazerac Rye (2016)
Whiskey Network Review #363 | /r/Bourbon Review #202 – Thomas H Handy Sazerac Rye (2016), 126.2pf | 63.1% ABV
Distiller: Buffalo Trace
Bottler: Buffalo Trace (Antique Collection Line)
Mash: Barely Legal Rye (Undisclosed)
ABV: 63.1% ABV | 126.2pf
Age: 6yrs (NAS Bottle, Distiller Letter)
Source: r/scotchswap sample
Nose: Mmmm. Spicy clove, gingerbread, hot buttery caramel. Brash, sweet, spicy. Smells like dessert and I can feel a stiff erection forming.
Taste: There’s some heat here but not punishing for the proof. It’s rich, thick, the mouthfeel is nice and oily. Warm buttery caramel, toffee, pepper, clove. It’s sweet, there’s a hint of oak and some good vanilla and some faint cocoa. Then the peppery sweetness is back. Mmmmm it’s good.
Finish: Long, there’s some heat here too but it’s pleasant. Rich notes from the palate continue and it slowly lingers away.
Overall: THH is my jam and I don’t keep it a secret. I really like this release. It was sweeter, less abrasive and had some really nice peppery clove. The balance here was spot on. This is my deserted island rye and I wish I could buy it all of the time. Unfortunately, I can’t.
I tested it side by side my 2012 and I have to say, I like this a tiny bit better. But, theyre a little different –
more balance here and more pepper in the 2012. I’d be more than satisfied with either. Rank 8.
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