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Sazerac Rye

Hey, "Rye" Not

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@HP12Review by @HP12

22nd Mar 2011


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As I piece together my whisk(e)y cabinet, I look for representation of various styles within the sectors of Scotch, Bourbons, etc.

As an introduction to the rye style of the spectrum, I read that "Baby Saz" is a great introduction to the world of rye whiskey.

Thanks to what I've read in this forum and with direction specific from @Victor, I said hey, "why not", and picked up a bottle.

This dram review is tasted neat, in a 12 oz. snifter, hand warmed.

Nose: A spice cabinet of cloves, cardamom, nutmeg with some vanilla and rye underneath.

Palate: Sweet sugar on spicy rye. So smooth with a nice, easy coating viscosity and hint of minty oak.

Finish: Those spices seem to come in and out in waves that slowly recede as the rye (thoughts of rye bread) lingers in a pleasant medium-long spicy, minty mouth filling finish.

Balance: Steady and smooth as she goes with the rye raising the curtain and taking a tasteful bow during each act of this show.

What a smooth, impressive introduction to rye whiskey. I'm not sure if this is a good analogy but I've always been a lover of seeded rye bread. This Sazerac has a lasting finish like it's liquid rye bread...sweet and tangy!

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LeFrog commented

Another enjoyable review @HP12, I would like a bottle of this.

8 years ago 0

michaelschout commented

Excellent review. I'm vacationing in Florida right now and I was looking very hard at a bottle of this tonight in the liquor store after reading your review; of course we don't get this type of rye in Ontario. The manager of the store was very nice and gave me a free dram of Laphroaig 18 and it just stole my heart so I bought it instead of the Sazerac. I might have to go back for the Sazerac tomorrow though!

8 years ago 0

HP12 commented

@michaelschout...I'm glad you enjoyed the review. I agree, if I was given a choice of Laphroaig 18 and the Saz, the L18 wins.

With that said, I hope you go back to the watering hole and get the Saz (and maybe another bottle or two of another style) to add to your bunker. Variety is the spice of life and especially true with a variety of whiskey's including a rye.

Enjoy your vacation in FL! Where in FL?

8 years ago 0

michaelschout commented

@HP12 I'm glad that you would have made the same choice. I'm in St. Pete's Beach.

8 years ago 0

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