Review #647 | /r/Bourbon Review #375 – Buffalo Trace’s Antique Collection: Sazerac Rye 18yr, 2012 Release
The Schtick: This is the Fall 2012 Release of Buffalo Trace’s coveted Antique Collection member: Sazerac Rye 18yr. This is their tanked rye distillate.
Distiller: Buffalo Trace
Bottler: Buffalo Trace
ABV: 45% ABV
Age: 18 Years
Source: Bottle, Tasting
Nose: Floral fruity rye, spearmint, caramel, vanilla sweetness. Overall, it’s a lot mintier than I remember Saz rye being, but given that the 6yr is super herbal, I can see this developing into that, despite the differences in the product.
Taste: Medium thickness, no heat at all. Sweet rye spice, pine and spearmint, vanilla. It’s herbal, really rich and leans into the pine, spearmint and floral woodland notes. Really interesting.
Finish: Long and sweet lots of dry rye spice and spearmint
Overall: Very good, and certainly well made, but not my preferred rye profile – all spearmint and floral grassy notes. I would love to try this at a greater proof, but in the BTAC lineup, THH is my rye guy for sure, and this falls behind a hair.
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