Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey, Buffalo Trace 2011 Antique Collection – Review

 *Thank you very much to AP and Buffalo Trace for the samples! As Buffalo Trace is owned by Sazerac, and Sazerac was founded by Thomas H. Handy, it seems only fitting to begin a look at Buffalo Trace's 2011 Antique Collection with the Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Straight Rye. The story begins (more or less) at … Continue reading Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey, Buffalo Trace 2011 Antique Collection – Review

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Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey – Review

You could be forgiven for being confused as to how the name "Sazerac" manages to be name of a cocktail, a straight rye whiskey, and a large spirits company all at the same time. It comes as no great surprise that the three are related, sure, but how, you ask. Well, the romanticized, marketer's wet-dream … Continue reading Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey – Review

Bulleit (95) Rye Small Batch American Whiskey – Review

There's no surer sign of Rye Whiskey's comeback than Diageo's recent release and marketing of its Bulleit (95) Rye Small Batch American Whiskey (oddly, though,...no website). If a huge beverage conglomerate like that decides to put out a complex, high rye content whiskey like this, you know that somebody's decided for damn sure that there's money … Continue reading Bulleit (95) Rye Small Batch American Whiskey – Review

Bourbon & Rye at 18 Reasons

I'm happy to say the event is sold out!  Third sell out in a row... I'll be leading a Bourbon & Rye tasting/class at 18 Reasons on Tuesday, March 22. We'll take an introductory look at these two distinctly American spirits, talk a bit about their history and taste 3 examples of each including Evan Williams … Continue reading Bourbon & Rye at 18 Reasons

Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye, 13 Years Old – Review

Geeez, just when I proclaim that rye isn't my favorite branch of the whisky tree, I find one I really, really like.  I guess it should come as no surprise that it's from the Van Winkle family of American hooch as everything else I've tried of theirs I've really enjoyed. There are a couple of … Continue reading Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye, 13 Years Old – Review

Jim Beam Straight Rye Whiskey – Review

I guess it's Bargain Hunter Friday around here. I picked up a bottle of Jim's...may I call you Jim?...Rye a while back just on a lark.  It was cheap, the bottle looks like something you could really use in a good bar fight (though admittedly, I've never been in a bar fight so what do … Continue reading Jim Beam Straight Rye Whiskey – Review

Sazerac 18 Year Old Straight Rye Whiskey- Review

Had the chance to taste the Sazerac 18 Year Old Rye at Alembic yesterday.  I've heard great things about this one but I have to admit, rye typically isn't my favorite.  I like the sharp spiciness or the spicy sharpness, but sometimes wish that quality didn't overwhelm subtler notes as it often does. The Nose: … Continue reading Sazerac 18 Year Old Straight Rye Whiskey- Review