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Review: Thomas H. Handy Sazerac (2008 release)

October 26th, 2008

Thomas H. Handy Sazerac, 63.75%, $65
Powerful, lush, and boldly spicy. A mouth-coating, invigorating rye whiskey with chewy toffee, fig cake, and candied fruit penetrated by thumping mint, warming cinnamon, and clove ultimately revealing more subtle notes of allspice, coconut and nutmeg. Long, delicious finish. An amazingly vibrant whiskey that lets you know you’re alive. The American whiskey equivalent of a young, cask-strength Islay single malt scotch or an Imperial IPA (India Pale Ale) beer.

Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 91

2 Responses to “Review: Thomas H. Handy Sazerac (2008 release)”

  1. Rick Culver says:

    After spending a long time wading through bourbons (as good as they might be) I have been very glad to discover rye. I started with Michter’s, which I like when I can find it, but then a couple newer ryes which I suspect, with the ‘revival’ of rye, are styled to attract bourbon buyers. Rye is not bourbon.

    I have finally landed on Sazerac, which was a revelation, and have just bought the 18-year-old. By itself it is smooth and terrific: with red Noilly Pratt (another revelation) it makes a very different Manhattan from bourbon with the ubiquitous Italian vermouth.

    Thanks for the posts and reviews.

  2. John Hansell says:

    Rick, Sazerac Rye definitely is one rockin’ bourbon.

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