Buffalo Trace Antique Collection: Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye 2013 Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Buffalo Trace Antique Collection: Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye 2013

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  • Distiller:

    Buffalo Trace

  • Bottler:

    Buffalo Trace

  • ABV:

    64.2%

  • Age:

    6 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 96
  • Publication: Breaking Bourbon
  • Excerpt: This one doesn’t hold back as the intensity and depth of flavor are anything but subtle. This is truly a remarkable whiskey, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who appreciates a rich, sweet, higher proof whiskey and isn’t afraid of a little spice.
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  • Raided Score: 93
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: While its older sibling, Sazerac 18 year old, expresses a classic “older rye” low-risk profile, Handy pushes the envelope in many directions.
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  • Raided Score: 92
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: The nose belies this, though…it’s gentle and smooth with mild spices, honey, brown sugar, and a touch of oak – and it opens up with time to become more intense and aromatic.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: The exceptional sweetness can become a bit overwhelming in the long haul, but that may be to some drinkers’ tastes. Not a lot of wood influence this year, a stark departure from 2012.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: Consistently delicious.
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  • Intro:

    This is a 6 year old, cask strength rye released as part of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection each Fall. Proof varies with vintage.

  • Nose:

    Theres some metallic note first off which I havent noticed a whole lot before. It fades quickly though to the heavy hand of buttery molasses and maple. This one seems to be the hottest of the 4 and a little less spicy. More overall astringency - but what notes are there are just cranked to 11.

  • Taste:

    I was right - this one certainly is hotter. Its no GTS or Stagg Jr Batch 1, but theres some heat. Still delicious though, its got the most maple and molasses and oak of the 4 Ive tasted today so Im willing to accept the extra heat. The buttery rye and pepper is well pronounced and delicious.

  • Finish:

    Its hotter (notice the trend) but not as long as some of the others. Its still a head above some other ryes though. Tons of pepper and oak on the way out.

  • Overall:

    Consistently delicious.

  • Score:

    8

  • By t8ke
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