Review #647. Sazerac 18yr Rye 2012

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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Rank: 7

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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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