Sazerac Straight Rye

Overall rating
82.27/100
votes
238
Whiskybase ID
WB15306
Category
Rye
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Strength
45.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Barcode
088004139940
Market
us United States
Added on
10 apr 2010 3:47 pm
Uncolored

Average value

€ 58.40

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238 × member ratings

667 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Sazerac Straight Rye

29 users have left 31 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 82.27 points.

  1. DistiLesha scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Not a bad, pleasant rye whiskey, although I expected more brightness and assertiveness from rye! I liked.
    21 21 21 20
    • Nose
      At the beginning, a clear profile of cognac or armagnac is felt - tannins, flowers, waxed paper.
      Nail polish, fruit, blackcurrant and raspberry leaves, barberry, thyme.
    • Taste
      Sweet tannic, watery, black and red currants, raspberry leaves, raspberries proper, lots of spices, bitterness and woodiness, rotten grass
    • Finish
      Tannins, dryness, willow bark, slight bitterness

  2. Stouby scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Golden. Nose: Dish, vanilla, spicy. Taste: Sweet, light dish, vanilla, slightly spicy, pepper, slightly sour, lacks a little body.

  3. The_Osprey scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Sazerac Rye Straight Rye Whiskey 45%.

    30ml at home, Aug 2021.

    Dark golden.

    Aroma is honeyed, softly woody, creamy apricot, vanilla. Impressions of deep syrup sugar. Later on I get some armagnac, butterscotch, floral notes.

    Taste is soft and easy up front, getting more potent over time, vanilla and spirit is followed by peppery spice, softly woody. Good punchy character here, if a little simple. It's very enjoyable though. Eggnog cut with vodka. Lingering woodiness.

    This is a very enjoyable, cleanly made whiskey that I would happily drink again. The alcohol does show up a bit considering the moderate ABV and the flavour is perhaps a bit simplistically ‘vanilla’, but there's no doubt it's a solid whiskey with a very inviting aroma. Good. I played with marginally higher and marginally lower scores throughout drinking the dram but ultimately landed on 3.5/84

  4. louich scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    A good slightly above average Rye IMHO. Disclaimer I am not a huge Rye fan, this one had me puzzled at first and grew on me quickly after the first glass.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Nose is sweet, caramel and vanilla are mainly present, inviting nothing complex to be found but a good intro
    • Taste
      77 77
      A sweet start, texture is thin, little spices in the mix
    • Finish
      77 77
      Short, the spices are showing more here. This makes the slightly above average Rye, good value and will not be making sauce with this one !

  5. gaboruso scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  6. Gweddry scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      vanilla, oak, sweet, caramel pudding, potatoes and french fries, wood, fruit compote, pineapple? cinnamon, honey, red apple
    • Taste
      sweet, very expressive, bubbles, spices, red apple, apple peel, fruit compote
    • Finish
      red apple, vanilla, spice, wood

  7. gooos scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  8. peatbogger scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    Another rye courtesy of karloff.
    I enjoy rye because it usually is a bit more fierce than bourbon. I loved this one because it was not. Go figure :-)
    • Nose
      88 88
      Lusciously tempting sweetness with that slightly bolder edge of rye providing the firmness.
      A little fruit and some very exclusive hard wood polish.
      Very well integrated alc.
    • Taste
      89 89
      It delivers on the nose.
      Sweet and savory. Mouth coating.
      It has the tell tail of rye, yet it's gentle, "posh" and a very easy sipper.
      Blood orange, sugared coffee.
    • Finish
      88 88
      It sits very well with a slow almost controlled fade.

  9. karloff scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    I had a bottle of this a good while back and it pleases me that the standard is still high and the price is still very reasonable. For Rye fans this is a must and still a great looking bottle.
    • Nose
      89 89
      This has such a mellow nose, you could dive into it.
      For a Rye you can actually smell the corn.
      Bubblegum, nectarine, soft jelly sweets, the ones you get at the cinema in the pick and mix.
      Pomegranate seeds and kiwifruit.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste is just as Mellow and at 45% it goes down really easy like a five dollar , well I will let you fill in the blank.
      You would expect a lot of spice with a rye but this is quite calm.
      It has quite a fresh taste on the palate, like mint fresh.
    • Finish
      88 88
      A nice medium finish and the Rye just settles down on the tongue and if you are a fan just savour it.

  10. Vince scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    One of the best Rye whiskies I have every tried. Really enjoyed this one.

  11. mema82 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  12. MrYens scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

  13. Ainulindale scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Interesting dram. Very silky and smooth yet it has a sometimes too overpowering damp earth taste to it to be very good to me.
    • Nose
      84 84
      A very sweet nose, all about marshmallows, grapes and strawberries as well as caramel with vanilla behind
    • Taste
      78 78
      In the mouth very smooth, all about damp earth and vanilla, spices like ginger, cloves and cinnamon at the very end, silky mouthfeel
    • Finish
      78 78
      Finishes on earth and ripe fruits sprinkled with spices.

  14. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      immediately very sweet and associations with gummy bears, in addition to some red fruits and also a ripe red apple, removed also a few herbs / grasses. Over time, even a slightly earthy note is added.
    • Taste
      pleasant tingling, neat sweetness and also strength. The 45% are great. Also in the mouth I find the red fruits and the apple again. The whiskey covers the whole mouth.
    • Finish
      Long. Wow so far I had only smokers so far.

  15. DrBardamu scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  16. jankes scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  17. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A rye "a minimum": 51% of rye. Not so dry, due to the significant presence of corn (39%), with the nose of orange and varnish. With a little patience, a little chocolate and coffee. On the palate, nice spicy and very fruity attack behind. Slight solvated note common to bourbons. A quality and affordable rye that I would recommend to someone who has never tried a rye whiskey.

    Enthusiasm 4/5

  18. yggr scored this whisky 82 points Specialist

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  19. MasterOfPuppets scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    A very good Rye, clear recommendation.
    • Nose
      Caramel, citrus, red fruits, caramel, vanilla, some sourdough, honey,
    • Taste
      Oak, cinnamon, caramel, vanilla, cloves, bread, honey
    • Finish
      Unfortunately not very long

  20. Shane_IL scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    This was a very decent rye, not too complex and very spicy. I slightly prefer MGP ryes, but that’s a matter of personal taste, so don’t write this one off until you’ve tried it.

    Reviewed in my blog: https://iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2016/06/14/sazerac-rye/
    • Nose
      Wine cake. Vanilla. Sandalwood. Rosewater. Bubblegum. Waxy fruits. Bitter oranges. Buttery candy. British style fudge. Woodspice.
    • Taste
      Wet cardboard left to dry in the sun. Bit of a sweet alcohol note, like a sweet rum. Vanilla. Salty toffee. Caramel pudding. Then a huge hit of salt along with pepper and cinnamon. Bit of bitter chocolate on the swallow.
    • Finish
      Long. Spicy, cinnamon and pepper. Bitter chocolate. Orange peel. Cardboard note comes back.

  21. d1scostu scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      83 83

  22. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    N: Smells like a chalky [Guyanese] rum with Demerara sugar, aromatic shampoo!, lime, mint and luscious, honeyed fruity cough sweets. Considering that this is destined for blending in the main, its immediately and accessibly appealing.
    T: A slightly rough distillate which makes for a difficult opening delivery. The spirit dies down some to reveal fresh, chalky, chocolate [but still spirity] notes. Theres more oak sweetness with water but for me its still less sweet than desired at this stage.
    F: Sweeter caramel now with some oak showing before returning fresh and chalky - reminding me of Monkey Shoulder [Batch 27] WB from the palate to this point, albeit with less Speyside terrier. Its better with water.
    C: A well made rye with an interesting nose but best as a competent mixer, not so stella neat.

    Scores a C[-]

  23. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  24. Willie JJ scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Great fun rye whiskey.
    • Nose
      Hot dust and soft waxy polish. Aggressively floral with strong artificial orange and herbal notes. Really quite medicinal.
    • Taste
      Sweet and intensely polished, like licking freshly polished leather coated in cinnamon sugar.
    • Finish
      More polish as it simmers on into the distance.

  25. mikkellund42 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    Balance: Very nice (despite the chewing gum)
    Tasted at www.romfestival.dk 2012-11-04
    • Nose
      Chewing gum (Stimorol Original), sweet citrus
    • Taste
      Citrus, sweet, light sulphur
    • Finish
      Dry

  26. Rettungsring scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Nice whiskey, if a little expensive for the price
    • Nose
      Fruit, sweet, a little bit harsh
    • Taste
      Ripe fruit, sweet, slightly bitter, spicy

  27. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Yes, this is very good. The most deserving
    rye I have tried to date.
    • Nose
      The nose is very round and sweet, with a somewhat sourish but pleasant
      touch in the background. As if it contains a
      drop of balsamico. I like it. The obligatory
      caramel and vanille are present, but are supported by fruit. Crushed banana in
      liqueur, blood oranges, coconut, eucalyptus and pine needles. Spicy too:
      pepper, nutmeg and a pinch of aniseed. Yep, you can easily put the stamp
      complex on this one.
    • Taste
      It is a bit creamy and very feisty on the palate. The first thing I
      notice is the spiciness and the bitter oak. But with this Sazerac, everything
      is balanced. The bitterness does not go over the top. Citrusy zestiness, candid
      sugar, blood oranges again, rye bread, cloves, cinnamon and eucalyptus.
    • Finish
      The finish is long, peppery and fades very gently, while the oak keeps
      singing. Aniseed on the deathbed.

  28. HunterRomario scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    For me, a nice surprise, the best America I've tasted so far.
    • Nose
      The aroma is really beautiful, wood, vanilla, Sazerac does not suffer from bourbonovito-fragrance, which I sincerely hate, but the smell is very pleasant.
    • Taste
      In taste, caramel with oak, sweet, juicy. Dozvuk střední.

  29. karloff scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    This bottle was very hard to get a hold of so my wife says but it was well worth the wait. I have tasted a good few Rye`s now and this is one of the best. I loved the old style shape of the bottle with its very long neck.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      80 80

  30. karloff scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    Got this bottle off my wife for Valentine's day. x
    • Nose
      A lovely nose of Vanilla and juicy ripe fruits
    • Taste
      Full bodied and a lovely sweet taste of fruit and a little bit of liquorice.
    • Finish
      A nice long finish leaving the lovely taste of sarsaparilla.

  31. hsmithjr scored this whisky 71 points Connoisseur

    If you have a choice between this and the Sazerac 18 (which is very good), go for the 18. This is missing that "zing" that rye is supposed to have. A little disappointing.

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