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Thomas H Handy Sazerac Rye bottled 2013

Mean Girls (Are Sometimes Hot)

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RReview by @Rigmorole

10th Oct 2013

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Maple nose with cloves, cinnamon, raisins, butter brickle. The taste broadens into dark swirl rye, challah, honey butter, maple, typical bourbony maraschino cherries, taffee, vanilla, tapioca. Finish is very long and luxurious with plenty of wood, sharp alcohol fire in the nose, caramel, sharper sweets and corn syrup.

This bourbon is a strong devil. The alcohol took my breath away (literally) and made me gasp. That's rare for me. I drink scotches with as much ABV and don't experience that "whoooey!" that actually is almost painful, like the way my prettiest girlfriends were usually also the most cruel hearted, almost in a sadistic way. I guess I will never know if I was attracted to their beautiful torturously mean personalities, or just their beauty and charisma that were both admittedly out of my league and hence fleeting. I still think about a few of those terrible beauties from my past, but I rarely remember how much pain they caused. Instead, I think of the fun times. Likewise with this bourbon, I just want to taste it again even though at the time it made me wince and gasp for oxygen!

Water really smoothed out the glass, but took away some of the fiery magic. I would say that four or five drops is the most I would use, even with the high ABV because the flavors get muted. Yes, I know some of the better respected experts might disagree. Oh well. I'm entitled to my opinion, I guess. Over the past five years, I've probably tasted nearly a hundred different whiskies, so I'm not exactly a slacker, myself ; )

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5 comments

@GotOak91
GotOak91 commented

I like this review and its comparison, I would love to find the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection even if its one of the bottles. As Ive heard basically legendary reviews and I love bold flavors and bold whisk(e)y!!!!

7 years ago 0

Jonathan commented

Helpful review! I recently picked up the baby Saz, which is supposed to be a diluted version of Handy. If my memory serves me well, you didn't much care for the baby Saz in your review. Does it have the same flavors with more intensity, or do you have the sense that the juice in Handy is itself is better? I'm asking because I wasn't blown away by my bottle of baby Saz, and the Handy may be the only member of the BTAC line that I can get hold of.

In any case, very soon--probably later this month-- another terrible beauty will be born...

7 years ago 0

Jonathan commented

meant "in itself" instead of "is itself"

7 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

The younger saz is just not the same as the older (eighteen year) ones. Saz the Younger mixes mix well, but I won't sip it. Not my cup of tea by itself. I owned a bottle and pretty much just offered it to my guests.

7 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@Jonathan, No, Baby Saz is not at all the same, as Thomas H. Handy, which is of similar age. It is not just about dilution. It is about BARREL SELECTION.

7 years ago 0

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