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Thomas H Handy Sazerac bottled 2010

Finally My Very Own Thomas H Handy!

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@SquidgyAshReview by @SquidgyAsh

23rd Sep 2012


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During my recent trip to Helvetica, our local whisky bar, my wife, my brother and sister in law and myself all got a chance to try the Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye.

It was nothing short of brilliant.

However this is not that whisky.

Now that's not to say that this isn't a great whisky, I just want to clarify that there will be two reviews on the Thomas H. Handy in the coming days.

The Thomas H. Handy that I tried at the local whisky bar impressed me so much that my brother in law and I both decided that we each needed a bottle of this bad boy for ourselves.

As soon as I could I went straight to my favorite whisky store in Perth, the International Beer Shop, which carries the entire Sazerac Antiquities Collection from Buffalo Trace, and picked up my first bottle from said collection for myself.

It only ran me $250, but I felt that it was worth it.

Today my brother in law and I cracked this bad boy open and gave it a spin around the block!

The nose is cracking! Nothing short of that.

Complex and delicious!

Rye, big, beautiful, lovely rye!

Then hints of vanilla, oak, at times a hint of marshmallow, caramel, spices mainly nutmeg and cinnamon, and after about an hour of nosing a lovely tea aroma, I swear it's Earl Grey, but I can't be 100%, but it's definitely tea.

Absolutely lovely and mind boggling complex at times.

I swear at times it's the nose alone that makes me fall in love with the big boys out of Buffalo Trace.

Thick, juicy flavors pond the palate as I take a drink.

Wood, rye, lots of powerful spices of cinnamon and nutmeg, extremely spicy at times with what feels like peppers and with just the faintest hint of a hint of chocolate.

The finish is long and fairly intense with lots of rye flavors and the faintest hint of chocolate at the very end.

This as I said isn't the bottle that convinced me to spend $250 to buy a bottle of the Thomas H. Handy, but I'm still very glad that I bought this.

This whisky is in the same series as the George T. Stagg and the moment the liquid touches your lips, you know it's the same distillery that produces all these bad boys.

I've had the George T. Stagg before, I've had the Thomas H. Handy (obviously) and I've had the William L. Weller (Buffalo Traces Wheated bourbon) and while it can be extremely difficult to find in Australia and the price point is ALWAYS high over here (expect to spend $250 to $300 and up to $400 a bottle, they're worth that $250-$300 price.

I'd previously purchased the George T. Stagg for my brother in law's birthday, because he had really wanted to try it, but wasn't prepared to spend $300 on a bottle of whisky.

He now is.

And after trying the Thomas H. Handy, he's now prepared to spend that $300 again on another whisky.

If you see and can afford it, Buy it!

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Cardinal commented

Great review! I agree with you , if you see it buy it. I did and what a find ,a powerful fantastic whisky. So many times a whisky is hyped and it doesn't live up to it . This whisky did live up to the hype for me and one of the BTAC that you can still find.

8 years ago 0

SquidgyAsh commented

Thanks Cardinal! Even cooler is the version I tried at the whisky bar was EVEN better! Such as awesome intense whisky and I love the fact that between the Stagg and the Handy my brother in law now doesn't blink when I tell him a whisky is worth $200+, he just says "Put me down for one!"

I'm REALLY debating the Weller next, but I'm already throwing another $250 down on the upcoming Stagg! Buffalo Trace is going to cause me to go broke. The beer I just bought that was aged in their barrels was one of the most intense, flavorful, complex beers I ever had and was $35 for a 375ml!

8 years ago 0

Cardinal commented

I have the 2011 WLW and it is awesome whisky and very recommended , I find that I like the Thomas H Handy a little more because of how intense it is. What year is the THH that you had at the whisky bar? My local store has few more THH with different ABV - so different releases.

I hope to get my hands on some Stagg this year, never had it. Also what was the name of the beer, sounds interesting ?

8 years ago 0

SquidgyAsh commented

I have a sneaky feeling that the one that I had at the whisky bar was the 2011 release. 64.5% ABV.

The Stagg is nothing short of awesome. Simple as that :D

The beer was Mikkeller's Black Buffalo. 19.3% Imperial Stout. I split a bottle with my brother in law. It would literally have to be a beer that you would spend all day drinking so you wouldn't get drunk. Very cool beer though!

8 years ago 0

Cardinal commented

Looks like the 64.5 % ABV could be a 2009 release. I am going to look for the Mikkeller's Black Buffalo , sounds like I would need to share it though!

8 years ago 0

Pudge72 commented

@Cardinal...Binny's has it listed $17, but not in stock.

8 years ago 0

Cardinal commented

Thanks Pudge I will keep a eye out for it at Binny's !

8 years ago 0

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