Buffalo Trace Antique Collection: Thomas H Handy Sazerac Rye 2016 Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Buffalo Trace Antique Collection: Thomas H Handy Sazerac Rye 2016

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  • Distiller:

    Buffalo Trace

  • Bottler:

    Buffalo Trace

  • ABV:

    63.1%

  • Age:

    6 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: Fig, caramel, and candied fruit round out the palate, but its youthfulness supersedes on the finish. One of the weaker offerings of Handy.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: There’s nothing all that offensive here, but compared to this field (or any other top shelf whiskey) it is just very ordinary.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: Another delicious whiskey from Buffalo Trace, although the finish was so spot-on for Luden’s cherry cough drops that I found it a little distracting.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: THH is my jam and I don't keep it a secret. I really like this release. It was sweeter, less abrasive and had some really nice peppery clove. The balance here was spot on. This is my deserted island rye and I wish I could buy it all of the time. Unfortunately, I can't.
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  • Intro:

    Thomas H Handy is a 6yr, barrel proof rye in Buffalo Trace's Antique Collection. It's highly sought after despite it's youth.

  • Nose:

    Mmmm. Spicy clove, gingerbread, hot buttery caramel. Brash, sweet, spicy. Smells like dessert and I can feel a stiff erection forming.

  • Taste:

    Theres some heat here but not punishing for the proof. Its rich, thick, the mouthfeel is nice and oily. Warm buttery caramel, toffee, pepper, clove. Its sweet, theres a hint of oak and some good vanilla and some faint cocoa. Then the peppery sweetness is back. Mmmmm its good.

  • Finish:

    Long, theres some heat here too but its pleasant. Rich notes from the palate continue and it slowly lingers away.

  • Overall:

    THH is my jam and I don't keep it a secret. I really like this release. It was sweeter, less abrasive and had some really nice peppery clove. The balance here was spot on. This is my deserted island rye and I wish I could buy it all of the time. Unfortunately, I can't.

  • Score:

    8

  • By t8ke
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