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From a sample. - This is the 6-year old version of Sazerac Rye, produced at Buffalo Trace distillery. From what information I could gather, the mash bill is 51% rye, 39% corn and 10% malted barley.
The nose is quite mellow to start with, then I got notes of caramel, fudge, butter cookies, and a touch of orange peel. Later on there is a good dose of mint and liquorice, followed by bubblegum.
The palate is a bit thin and spicy. The liquorice and mint flavours are back but much subdued now. Then flavours of oranges appear, together with cinnamon and vanilla.
The finish is of medium length and warming. Some nice wood spice notes, followed by oranges, cinnamon, and vanilla.
I find this to be a lovely rye all-rounder, with no rough edges. I suppose that for a taste of the "real" Sazerac Rye I would have to try some Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye or some Sazerac 18yo Rye - both now virtually unaffordable in Continental Europe.