Thomas H. Handy Sazerac, 63.75%

Price: $65 Issue: Spring 2009 Reviewer: John Hansell

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.