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So my wife and I have been planning on going to the whisky bar in our city for months now. Every time we make plans SOMETHING always come up. I get called into work a day early, we can't afford to go out, a public holiday that we forgot about is occurring on the day we're going and they're closed or as just happened this last time around, my wife and I got sick.
This has been extremely frustrating for me as this bar has quite a few whiskies I've been meaning to try for a while and so as the day was ending yesterday I was feeling a wee bit down. To the rescue comes my brother in law! I get a text message from him saying "If you can't go to the whisky then the whisky shall come to you!"
A couple hours later my brother and sister in law arrive at the house and he brings with him a bag of whisky. In this bag are a couple whiskies I've never had before along with a couple I've tasted.
First out comes the Macallan 10 yr old Sherry Casks which I've just reviewed. Next comes the Sazerac Straight Rye whisky. Now I love rye whiskies. I enjoy the flavors that come through and this is my second time getting to drink Sazaerac.
As I nose this lovely little rye, which is the second one my brother in law has bought (you can tell he's a fan!) The strongest smell to come through is rye (wonder why that is hahaha) along with some oak, vanilla, burnt apples and cinnamon. This is a 90 proof rye, but the alcohol does not dominate the smell. Quite nice.
Tasting time! I take a sip of my dram and the flavor of rye bursts into my mouth followed by vanilla, apples, cinnamon, burnt sugar and some sort of wood most likely oak. Again even though this is a 90 proof whisky it is extremely smooth and I can easily understand why my brother in law buys bottle after bottle of this. He likes it for Old Fashions, but as he says he does enjoy it straight. For my money I'd probably just drink it straight, although that's just been my mood that last year or so.
The finish is nice and smooth with spices lingering on my tongue, but not unpleasantly. There is a bit of bitterness, but thankfully it never takes over the finish and it quickly recedes.
This is a bottle that I'd love to have in my cabinet when I'm in a rye mood and it isn't too hard to find over here in the Land Down Under for around $100 AUS.
Next up on the tasting list a bourbon! Johnny Drum 15 yr old! WEWT BOURBON!!!