Overall rating
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Barrel Proof - 128.6 Proof
Spring 2005
Fall 2011
Stated Age
06 years old
#4 Charred New White American Oak Barrels
64.3 % Vol.
750 ml
Added on
07 Nov 2011 4:35 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 571.48

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40 × member ratings

72 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Thomas H. Handy Sazerac 2005

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.21 points

  1. BSWproject27 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Medicinal, but I attribute this to the high ABV. Through the phenols, I do pick up some apricot, pear and country apple. This is also a rye so for me, classic dill pickle notes give this away.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Very hot to start. Surprisingly, this can be consumed neat but needs some oxygen and time. For most, water is a necessary addition to open up the true essence of the spirit. Mouth-coating, Succulent fruit notes of pear, red apple rich caramel and oak.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Very long and spicy (water helps to attenuate the spice). The apple peel and fruity flavors remain as does the oil on the palate. An amazingly complex whiskey and I especially like the oak barrel particulates that settle out at the bottom of the bottle. One can distinctly picture the distiller filling this bottle right out of the barrel!

  2. el Gato scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Wish the finish could last a bit longer. Still. A Class dram
    • Nose
      Quality! Vanilla. Earthly. Barrel influence. Pine, raspberry.
    • Taste
      The nose continues here. Oily mouthfeel. Grapefruit. Corn.
    • Finish
      Medium length. Develops from oily to dry. Vanilla. 

  3. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur


    'Fruit Salad Release'

    N: Abundant! Toffee/maple syrup covered fruits, descanted coconut and some wood varnish, like a mature grain. Fruits more specifically - cherries in the finest sugar syrup. Overall however fairly closed/subdued on the nose.
    T: Cherry-aid zing!!! Fruit salad in syrup - cherry, raspberry and [with water] blackcurrant cough sweets. Medicinal/benalin note but not sickly sweet. [Nadurra] orange notes coming through later with a chilli peppered zing throughout from the wood and the formidable abv. Chewable for ages as it builds.
    F: Dark rich bitter chocolate with sweet, rich syrup fruits lingering.  Initially appears to be a short finish after the razzle and dazzle but the orange/cherry/blackcurrant cough sweets live on for about an hour after.
    C: This years T. H. Handy is the fruit salad release. More together than the 66.2% but more one dimensional. Superb

    Scores an A


    'Beautifully constructed'

    N: Today i got: huge vanillas, pepper & spices, mineral - flint, liquorice, burned/dried orange pieces and roof felt!

    T: It takes a while to acclimatise to the goings on, such is the power and intensity of flavours even with plenty of water added. Its a beautifully constructed dram when you start picking it apart.

    F: Theres quite a burn here such is the strength and power, so small sips [a bottle could last a long long time]. Today this finishes with many of the ‘usual suspects’ associated with bourbons, flinty again with vanilla ice-cream and popadom oil.

    C: Wonderful stuff, i can’t imagine another rye touching it.

    Scores an A

  4. Alex did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This bottling has been crowned as the "World Whiskey of the Year" in Jim Murray`s Whiskey Bible 2013, scoring a record equalling 97.5 points.



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