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Sazerac 18 yr old rye whiskey is one of five whiskeys featured in the Sazerac Antiquities Collection, which is released in the fall of each year. This review is of the Fall 2010 release Sazerac 18 yr old Rye Whiskey.
Nose: fragrant, rather floral rye spice, hint of grapefruit, moderate intensity
Taste: more fruity in the mouth than in the nose, cherries, even pears, a nice mixing of high, middle and bass notes. This starts a little closed, and then opens up, becoming almost startlingly sweet. This bottle has been open for 4 months and the flavours have opened and developed in a favourable way. There is rye spice, but it is almost intermittent with the other flavours
Finish: long, spice remains until the end, after the fruit has departed
Balance: I do not find this very well coordinated in its flavours--they just do not jell well into a coherent whole. I was very excited to get this bottle after Jim Murray awarded World Whisky of the Year to the 2009 release of Sazerac 18 Rye. As a lover of rye whiskey I have tasted many that I like better than this 2010 release of the Sazerac 18 yr old, especially the 2010 Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye, and the Old Potrero rye whiskeys. This is a good quality whiskey, but not near the top of my list for premium rye whiskey