Thomas H. Handy Sazerac 2004

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Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Barrel Proof - 126.9 proof
Spring 2004
Fall 2010
#4 Charred New White American Oak Barrels
63.45 % Vol.
750 ml
us United States
Added on
01 feb 2011 4:24 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

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€ 1885.37

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Whisky reviews for Thomas H. Handy Sazerac 2004

4 users have left 6 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.67 points.

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    This years batch [2017] wasn't up to scratch in my book. This is from 2010 when Handy was very very good.

    N: Oaky maple syrup. The oak is peppery but sweet like sweet breads.
    T: Add a little water for varnished fruits on arrival. Then, sweet heathery vanilla and lots of delicious oak, but the spirit is more than up to it. Herbal sweet touches throughout with an oily mouthfeel, chocolate herbal caramac notes and a sweet varnish coating.
    F: Sweet wood turning bitter before then turning to a sour vanilla Milk Maid, a little more heather and so much chocolate - salivating herbal bourbon caramel chocolate with varnished oak shavings. Long long. Wraps up with a touch of sour alongside the beautifully consolidated sweetness, the wood purring harmoniously.
    C: Sweet to bitter to sour with magical added touches - fabulous! Give it time and you’ll be rewarded with more balanced action, a vastly wider palate and fuller body on the finish. Different in style but just as good as those Pappy’s. This is the last dram of this bottle, open two years and has even improved by one degree.Scores an A-

  2. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    ‘Positively potent’

    N: The vanillas are potent as too are the varnished, woody, nutty chocolate notes - vibrancy is everything in this series and this years batch doesn’t disappoint. This 2010 batch is creamy, yet dry with wafers, Shreddies and pencil shavings. After an hour in the glass, whats established in the main are vanilla-custard pastries with a dollop of jam on top.
    T: The clarity and precision on arrival provides a lasting impression. Those woody, peppery, vanillas surge through with white & dark chocolate nestling in-between the pumped up cask action.
    F: Stays true to form with even more vanillas shaping and admittedly dominating just a bit too much. Raw-green, woody notes linger after main event. That rye distillate and casks are top notch.
    C: There's a huge amount of wood action but less complexity compared to the following two years WB & WB - but it's a lovely lovely rye nevertheless, positively potent.

    Scores a B+

    A revisit

    N: Nose is superb, an ethanol bomb with rich pickings to be had. Buffalo trace are such expert at handling new casks, often more so than producers across the pond with 1st fill’s.
    T: Having said that, this is where this year’s expression falls down. Lovely stuff but rather basic on vanillas. Becomes full bodied with a mouth chew, almost malt like into the finish. 
    F: Yep, its malty with some nice touches opening on the finishing unravel.
    C: Lovely rye, deserved of high praise but £400 [Dec '15] - please. The expressions either side of 2010 were even better.

    Scores a B+ [89]

    Further reading: WF89 WM90[2]

  3. molar3rd scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nose: A rye nose but not as powerful rye as expected , and that is a good thing. Spicy almost peppermint-y. The kind you find in cinnamon pepper bubble gum. In addition lots of Vanilla ,some dill, liquorice. a twist of Turkish delight and rose water. Wow! That is one hell of a complex nose.
    Palate: It needs some time to open and release all those lovely flavours , Starting hot and sweet. With a lot of sugar, maple, milk chocolate and chilly. A stunner.
    Finish: Rye notes and spices. Fairly long.

    Bottom line:

    This is nothing short of a stunner. Complex, with a lot of oomph, and rye goodness. I love it. It’s not the most rounded of all, but it’s good for you! Not cheap, but if you’re in the USA you can find it a lot cheaper at around $80. Now that’s an amazing price over there.


  4. LukeFive did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    (n24) angular,crystal,cut-glass molasses, sharpened further by a glint of muscovado; but really this is the clovesl show. As the nose opens, the cloves intensify dramtically and alluringly, sweetened along the way by kumquat; (t23.5)grips the palate like a lion clings to a wildebeast by the throat: big vanilla trail and natural toffees. Takes little time for the fruitier sharper rye aspects to surface which are as salivating as they are delicious; (f24) a long, luxurious fade with a seemingly endless supply of oils and cocao;(b24) ...just a little short of the complexity of its twin (2009 release) for sure, but offering more than enought to dazzle and seduce.

     (95.5 Points) -  - Jim Murray's Whiskey Bible 2012

  5. numen scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Great spicy rye, spicy cinnamon, nuts (pecan), rye candy,
    dry toast, thick spicy cinnamon paste used in making cinnabuns (little
    frosting). Very much on a 'dry brown,' rather than a 'creamy, sweet
    Palate: Rich, hot, and thick - still, very approachable. Very
    heavy on rye (sweet aspect), Vietnamese cinnamon, honey-maple syrup mix,
    boozy pecan filling
    Finish: More toward toast, some even-wood, pepper, and walnuts. Rye returns later.

    with Water
    2 or 3 drops really brings out the nose, emphasizing the ridiculous rye
    candy (very similar to the Bowman 45% rye whiskey). The rye is still
    there, but less pronounced. The dry brown and spicy cinnamon have faded.
    Moer honey, wood/oak, and trace orange zest.
    Palate: smoother, but
    not quite as rich (no surprise). Far more on honey, yet the rye is more
    prominent than it was on the nose (when neat). Oodles of rock and cotton
    candy. Various and spicy brown spices.
    Finish: Drier than neat, more
    bitter wood. Rye is still obvious. Pretty damn satisfying. One of the
    longest finishes of a rye whiskey that I've had.

  6. LukeFive did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      92 92


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