Sazerac Rye 18 year old (Buffalo Trace Antique Collection 2017), 45%

Price: $90 Issue: Winter 2017 Reviewer: Fred Minnick

Ah, the pleasant aroma of warm rye rolls nails its opening, but so much more awaits. Balsam, peppercorn, almond butter, arrowroot pie crust, pine nuts, pumpkin pie, brown sugar, and savory toasted rye bread tingle, as slight hints of pear, tobacco, and citrus develop. Then, it's earth, from sautéed mushrooms to soil. The long, strong finish presents baking spices. Lovely sipping rye!