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Buffalo Trace Antique Collection: Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye 2020

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  • Distiller:

    Buffalo Trace

  • Bottler:

    Buffalo Trace

  • ABV:

    64.5%

  • Age:

    6 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 93
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: It finishes lengthy and satisfying: dark chocolate and that orange zest integrating seamlessly with cinnamon, brown sugar, and polished oak.
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  • Raided Score: 93
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: powerful, lengthy finish shows rye spice, tannic oak and leather, along with sugar-dusted fresh mint as if you're leaning into a Mint Julep.
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  • Raided Score: 100
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: Tasting like Mexican hot chocolate, it is just the perfect whiskey to finish off a night. It did remind me of brandy, or even cognac, and nothing would stop me from sipping it out of a snifter.
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  • Raided Score: 96
  • Publication: Breaking Bourbon
  • Excerpt: There is no doubt in my mind, this is the best Thomas H. Handy in a long, long time - possibly ever.
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  • Raided Score: 77
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: There’s just very little to hold the drinker’s interest here; I’ve had more impressive craft rye whiskeys than this in recent months — at far lower price points.
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  • Raided Score: 96
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: The best Thomas Handy rye I've had in a long time. Opulent, brash, complex. 2020 has it all. Dessert character with this boldness for a rye is unprecedented.
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  • Intro:

    Thomas H Handy Sazerac Rye is a 6yr barrel proof rye that sits neatly in Buffalo Trace's Antique Collection - an annual release of extremely hyped bottlings.

  • Nose:

    Powerful brown sugar, toffee, honey, clove, cinnamon and a hint of ginger. Faint fruit character, complex and interesting. This is probably the most dessert forward THH I've had in many years.

  • Taste:

    Rich on the palate. Powerful, fiery, complex. Whew. Incredible maple, brown sugar, clove, ginger. Some berry character which is sort of interesting for a rye like this, but it's swallowed up quickly with more massive rye character. Waffle cone, gingerbread, toffee and creme brulee. Oh shit.

  • Finish:

    Long finish. Some heat, a perfect Kentucky hug. Sweet cream, brash spice: pepper, clove, ginger. Maple and brown sugar.

  • Overall:

    The best Thomas Handy rye I've had in a long time. Opulent, brash, complex. 2020 has it all. Dessert character with this boldness for a rye is unprecedented.

  • Score:

    9

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