About this blog:

This blog will feature tasting notes, reviews, distillery visits and whisky news with focus mainly on Scottish single malts. This will sometimes be accompanied by politically incorrect (whisky) opinions. You have now been warned! :-)
The views expressed here are entirely my own, unless otherwise stated.

Thursday, 29 August 2013

THOMAS H. HANDY SAZERAC RYE 2012 - BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY

Back to Frankfort, Kentucky for the next 3 reviews. I mentioned in this review that I'll be getting to some bottles from Buffalo Trace's Antique Collection... and that time has now come.

The, among US Whiskey lovers, acclaimed, Buffalo Trace Antique Collection consists of the following 5 bottles:
  • Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye (reviewed below)
  • Sazerac 18yo Rye
  • William Larue Weller (reviewed later)
  • Eagle Rare 17yo
  • George T. Stagg (reviewed later)
Now, these bottles cost the same as a very good old Scottish malt, so even before reviewing them (and I have tried them before starting this blog also) I'll just come straight out at say it... They're not worth the price! At least not what we have to pay for them in Denmark...

Prices are x5 for the George T. Stagg here in Denmark compared to the US and the Larue Weller and Thomas Handy are about x3-4 as much... Of course some of it are taxes, but other than that I simple have to write it off to a greedy importer who happily pushed up the prices before the recession hit... and refuse to acknowledge the possible need to lower it again! But hey, as long as they get it sold, the prices is maybe not too high... Just goes to prove that the World's last idiots are not born yet...

With the risk of being called a copycat etc. from other website/fora, I'd like to use the quote "A fool and his money are soon parted..."

The whiskey may justify the prices its initial retail price in the US, but IMO its not worth more than that... it's simple not good enough! ...and that's my honest opinion. Before you fly to your keyboards to try and prove me wrong, you can't - why? again read the 3rd paragraph in my Bernheim review.

That said, others with ahem... less discerning palates (irony may have been used here) and too much money should, of course, feel free to still spend their hard earned money on this.

Rant over... Review time...

Buffalo Trace spirit tap - picture from Buffalo Trace Media Kit
Thomas H. Handy Sazerac (2012) 66,2% Rye, Buffalo Trace Distillery & Antique Collection

Colour is dark mahogany


Nose:
Undiluted, mainly on alcohol and heavy toasted oak notes. Mint toothpaste, cooked apple, pastry shop, tobacco and some mustiness

Taste:
Drying, mainly because of the alcohol, grilled banana. cloves, sour dough bread, hints of lemon, old tobacco box, black pepper, apricot and caramel

A good Rye, no doubt about that! but again far from worth the price in Denmark.

82/100!





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