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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!