Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye (Fall 2020) is an uncut, unfiltered Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey and is one of the five bottlings in the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection released each fall. For the 2020 release, barrels were filled in spring 2014 and were picked from barrels which matured in Warehouses K, M, and N. The evaporation for this batch was 32%. Bottled after 6 years and 2 months of aging at 129 proof.
Tasting Notes for thomas h handy sazerac straight rye whiskey
Powerful, lush, and boldly spicy. Flavors of toffee, fig cake, and candied fruit, followed by mint, cinnamon and clove. The finish ultimately reveals subtle notes of allspice, coconut and nutmeg. Long and warm.
F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal rating: 5 stars/Highest Recommendation
The earthiness and oak continue from the palate along with some white pepper, more vanilla, toffee, and dark chocolate are among the last notes to fade. The finish is a bit on the short side and that’s just about the only knock I have on this pour. There’s so little heat here that I’d be hard pressed to believe this was over 120 proof if I didn’t know any better.
The star anise from the nose is much more present on the palate. As the anise mixes with cinnamon and cocoa, it reminds me of Mexican hot chocolate. On the other hand, there is a touch of crème brulee. The mouthfeel is oily. In spite of the dessert-like qualities, the finish is quite earthy.