Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Straight Rye (2017 Buffalo Trace Antique Collection), 63.6%

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

Initially, an unwanted mustiness is present, but it quickly turns into a damp cellar note, followed by dill, eucalyptus, fresh oak, and mint. Hints of smoke emerge over pecan shell and chewing tobacco. Then a cherry cough syrup note appears, with baking spices gaining steam, but the whiskey never truly finds a desired dominant note or balance. The finish gives it hope: it lingers with a hint of brown sugar.