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Sazerac Straight Rye 18 Year Old Whiskey (Fall 2009)

Best whisky in the world 2010 - the follow-up.

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@benellefsenReview by @benellefsen

7th Dec 2009


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  • Balance
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...please bear with me....

In 2009, Jim Murray published his 2010 whisky bible, in which he named the Sazerac Rye 18yo (2008 Fall edition) best whisky in the world.

This is the 2009 fall edition (the one after the 2008 edition which was 2010's best whisky (in 2009)), and we're going to see how it tastes. In 2009.

...Still with me?...

Nose - Incredibly powerful sweet rye, and delicious cinnamon-dusted french-toast. Maraschino Cherry, followed by a huge wallop of Oak. A Touch of iodine perhaps? Coconut makes an appearance right at the end.

Palate - Astringency initially, but this soon gives way to an astonishing wave of over-ripe banana.

Finish - Continuing complexity builds to a massive fanfare with Cola nut, and hazelnut latte amongst the more discernable flacours.

Overall - Massive, complex, and very, very grown-up. This is a 26 minute long rock opera of a Rye in comparison to others' 3 1/2 minute pop tracks.


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markjedi1 commented

This is a wonderful review, bennelefsen! Thanks for sharing. Another one to add to the (ever growing) wish list.

10 years ago 0

cgrface commented

Well said benellefsen. I have this bottling as well and have a new favorite in the world of fine spirits. It was a real struggle getting a bottle of this in our area(much less two!) I simply cannot believe that the Rye whiskies have come this far in development. I prefer it to the Pappy 20 yr, a Bourbon, but it has some competition with the Jefferson 17 yr Presidential Select, a wheat whiskey. Fine stuff indeed!

10 years ago 0

PeatAndMeat commented

I was treated to a glass of this by friend at the weekend. Its by far my favourite American whiskey.


10 years ago 0

RexAlban commented

I think the taster has his nose and palate the wrong way round...the nose is astringency, meaning sour and almost like paint stripper, however the palate is sweet, cherries and that big oak...it is after all from a white oak barrel. Taste and see, he has mixed up his tasting notes..a lovely drop of whiskey.

10 years ago 0

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