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Thomas H. Handy Thomas H Handy Sazerac bottled 2016

Ryes don't get bigger than this

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@MuddyFunsterReview by @MuddyFunster

18th Mar 2017


Thomas H. Handy Thomas H Handy Sazerac bottled 2016
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Thomas H Handy is a unique rye. There really is nothing that compares to its flavour profile.

This bottle of 2016 has been open about three weeks. About 65ml full.

Dense orange tinted golden amber, oily in the glass.

I don't know a nose in American whiskey which is so consistently recognisable. Big fruity rye, with a crystalized sugary sweetness, cut glass sugars, almost sherberty sugar sweetness, leather, husky musky rye grain, but rounded off with a big dollop of demerara sugar, and then the big oak notes and vanilla. The dill and mint is there, but it's wrestling with sugars, baking spices and oak. Big but beautifully refined.

Boom, then on the taste it's a huge, spicy, alcohol hit. This is hot! Baking spices, caramels, demerara sugars, lots of oak, vanilla, little astringent. Not getting much herbal or mint stuff going on.

On the finish the oak is really lingering, spicy. Really fresh.

Great whiskey. Nose is immense, beautiful. taste is big and hot, finish is long and lingering oak and spice.

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