Sazerac 18 year old (2018 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection), 45%

Price: $99 Issue: Winter 2018 Reviewer: Jeffery Lindenmuth

This elder rye shows fine craftsmanship, balancing touches of toasted-spice and floral aromas, with dried herbs, candied orange peel, and mature varnish notes. It's big on the palate, with heaps of molasses, creamy vanilla sweetness, and orange Creamsicle that lead to pleasing cedar and sandalwood oak, with zesty grapefruit notes. The medium finish is satisfying and well balanced.