Thomas H. Handy Sazerac 2002

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Barrel Proof - 129.0 Proof
Spring 2002
Fall 2009
Stated Age
07 years old
#4 Charred New White American Oak Barrels
64.5 % Vol.
750 ml
Added on
17 May 2010 7:36 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 1942.44

4 × in wishlist

42 × member ratings

62 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Thomas H. Handy Sazerac 2002

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.59 points

  1. matt.schwarz scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  2. p4blo scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The best American I've tried so far, a nice, easy drinker.
    • Nose
      Starts off with rose petals and subtle oak. After a while, notes of burnt sugar, caramer, cherries, coconut and mint show up. There is some whiff of a dusty old cellar too. No varnish, alcohol is perfectly integrated. Great balance.
    • Taste
      Thick, oily, very rich. Sweet cherries, caramel, honey, apricots. Some burnt sugar again, menthol ang gentle spices. Not too complex, but perfectly drinkable.
    • Finish
      Quite long, rose petals are all over the tongue, a slight spiciness of ginger and chilli is covered by the notes of sugar.

  3. wbarchive_350097 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very sweet, orange, spices, leather and tobacco. 

    For me, this Rye need some water to be more appreciated (and tame sugar).

  4. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    By far the sweetest from the Antique Collection, but
    again a grand whiskey, which can cope with water like any other whiskey from
    this collection.
    • Nose
      The nose is honeysweet with a sour lining. Red fruit,
      fudge, caramelized orange peel with a hint of chocolate, guimauve and cola candy.
      A hint of aniseed and some dark bread. Pinch of selery salt and a bit of
      coconut. Very amusing and accessible.
    • Taste
      It is oily on the plate with loads of spices. Reminds
      me a bit of apple brandy. Cognac?
      White pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon and a bit of cloves are softened by parma violets (purple
      candy), cola again, licorice, mint, Pink Lady apples and bittersweet orange
      marmalade. Hint of tobacco. Very tasty and complex.
    • Finish
      The finish is long and mildly drying on woodspice,
      mint and tannins.

  5. Furtia scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      79 79

  6. hsmithjr scored this whisky 65 points Connoisseur

    Did not water this down, but I remember it was hard to finish the dram.  Very orangey.  Had this at a friends house, so notes are from memory. Not sure what the fuss is about.
    • Nose
      Blood oranges.  Cinnamon and ginger.  Strong oak and alcohol. Peppery.  Some licorice.   Did I say oranges?
    • Taste
      Orange takes over the palate followed by hot cinnamon.  Harsh black pepper.  Sour orange reappears.  Old wet oak (too much). Alcohol.
    • Finish
      Hot and medium.  More pepper. Old fashioned (the drink). Cinnamon sticks.


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