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Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye bottled 2011

A Rye To Remember

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@OJKReview by @OJK

8th Jan 2012

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  • Nose
    25
  • Taste
    23
  • Finish
    23
  • Balance
    24
  • Overall
    95

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Nose: Luxury soap, scented candles and Early Grey tea. What an opening. It's clear from the start we're dealing with a highly luxurious rye. Victoria sponge cake, strawberry jam, marmalade, nut cake and nectarines. Truly sumptuous. And it doesn't end there. Wet hay, cigar, wet tobacco and waxy rain jackets. It's a stunning package of flavours, so elegantly woven together. I would dare to say faultless.

Taste: The indulgence continues. Bananas and coconuts, smothered with Nutella and washed down with a vanilla milkshake. A layer of spice helps break up the sugar festival, with eucalyptus, bitter wax and oyster sauce coming through. Like the nose this is stunning stuff, although if one were to find a criticism it would be that the spice is slightly drowned out by the intense initial sweetness. We're really nit-picking here though.

Finish: The spice has more of a say here on the finish, although it is delicately soft and beautifully fused with the sweeter elements. Aniseed herbal sweets, cinnamon raisins, ginger tobacco, spicy tangerine syrup, all resting on a cushion of dark chocolate mousse. Once again sumptuous stuff. And at 64.3%, this is dangerously drinkable...

Balance: The Thomas H. Handy Sazerac is truly unique, there is nothing else that tastes quite like it. It's alluring and attention grabbing, yet at the same time soft and delicate in its delivery. This is a whiskey that one remembers long after drinking it, and for all the right reasons. That tends to be a mark of greatness in any field, and great whiskey this most certainly is.

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5 comments

@Victor
Victor commented

Magnificent stuff. One of my four top faves, and a desert island whiskey for sure.

9 years ago 0

@dbk
dbk commented

Agreed! This is really fabulous stuff (along with the other Buffalo Trace Antique bottlings). Fantastic review as always, @OJK!

9 years ago 0

@OJK
OJK commented

Many thanks @dbk! I have to say I agree @Victor, the 2009 bottling specifically is in the top 5 whiskies I've had the pleasure of drinking. I suppose when it comes to desert islands though, an interesting question would be if you could only take one expression out of the Buffalo Trace Antique range which would it be? I'm not sure I could pick between William Larue Weller, George T. Stagg or Thomas H. Handy. Given it's a desert island, I may just go for the Stagg for the extra entertainment factor..

9 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

Three good choices for the desert island. You may recall from the connosr desert island whisky discussion topic that Wodha has already equipped his climate controlled bunker with a barrel of George T. Stagg. I'll bring the Handy, you bring some Weller, and we can both drop in and have some of Wodha's Stagg.

9 years ago 0

@OJK
OJK commented

Sounds like a great plan @Victor! I don't think Wodha's island will be deserted for very long with that kind of bunker!

9 years ago 0

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