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Pepper and butter. Caramel and toffee with some nice peanut brittle notes. Not Beam funk peanut but a sweet, salty, savory combination of salt and pepper and buttery caramel.
Not too punishing on the palate for the proof. Thick rye spice, a good deal of pepper and butter. Sweet nougaty toffee. For such a young product, this really shines with relatively minimal roughness on the edges.
Medium long - grows hotter but for the proof it is pleasant and delicious. Lots of buttery caramel and pepper. A good dusting of clove.
I wish I had my paws on this when I did the full SBS but my inner curiosity is a fiend - so I pulled out my bottle of 2012 to compare this sample to. This is a bit more peppery - the 2012 a bit sweeter but both are absurdly delicious for their age. I cant say that I have a favorite but Im not complaining one bit that Im in this pickle. Or rather, no pickle at all since this isnt MGP rye. I really like rye and cask strength rye makes me even happier. Im rating this fine fellow an 8 which means its quite the dram to talk about on the scale. At Rank 8, Thomas H Handy Sazerac Rye 2011 sits next to other big guns like Smooth Ambler Cask Strength Rye, Whistle Pig Store Select Rye and High Wests Midwinters Night Dram. Thanks for reading!