- Whiskybase ID
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Barrel Proof - 132.4 Proof
- Spring 2006
- Summer 2012
- #4 Charred New White American Oak Barrels
- 66.2 % Vol.
- 750 ml
- Added on
- 22 Oct 2012 1:54 pm
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Whisky Reviews for Thomas H. Handy Sazerac 2006
6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.22 points
- The aroma is sharp at first, sweet, dense: the first wave is a dense digested jam and then in the kitchen the mountains of culinary herbs and spices, thick sugary honey, dark sugar, gum, dry oak, burned rye bread, cream-cream tones. Luxuriously The taste is sweet, powerful, thick: a lot of spices, honey, jam, pitch, chocolate cake, anise, rye crust, oak. The aftertaste is, as it were, a shadow of taste, not very saturated and long-lasting, in development dry and slightly astringent. Conclusion. Powerful rye American. The aroma is simply magical, the taste is inferior to very little. Such a person wants to have a whole bottle, or two. Rating: 91 (n24t23f22b22).
- 'You Spin Me Right Round Baby'
N: Curry [Dansak or Rogan Josh], mixed aromatic spices, blackcurrant cough sweets, pancakes & so much more, ill be back
T: Chlorine, cinnamon, licourice, chilli wood spice, sherry, rum, fresh water duckweed, then more spice
F: Ends with that rye/bourbon sweetness
C: Has front and back palate tastes, amazing journey, start to finish, perfect balance. This is a must drink with water. Then the palate turns into cream
Last dram [ten months after opening]:
N: Apple pie, sherried raisins, apple cider, buttercream, blackcurrant cough sweets [Lockets] check in again, fruit punch, maple syrup, trifle, treacle, almonds, cream-eggs, banana pancakes, rum, fruit liquors, more cider - big pear cider nose, yep
T: Rum, cherries, sugary stewed fruits with treacle. Since opening, the palate has unified somewhat. Its less petulant, more controlled. The boozy sherried treacle fruits seem to swirl around the mouth together as if they'd been gently stirred with a wooden spoon over a low heat for a good stint
F: Some wood showing, bringing a slight bitter black treacle/molasses edge. This compensates wonderfully with the rich sweetness of the rye. That molasses comes round again, swirling around. Candy, vanilla and cream soda at the death
C: What an epic dram. Its matured with ten months of breathing time and its just as splendid, if not more so. The journey pictorial is a swirl: round and round and round again.
Scores an A+
N: Very much in the style of the ‘Rare Malts’ series with an austere [peppery] yet inviting ‘ethanolic’ outer casing and [perhaps a Lochside-esque] vanilla fruitiness. The abv strength is formidable and little changes occur in the glass some forty minutes later. Give it an hour, however, and I’m marvelling over a joyous fruity herbal bouquet. There are fleeting glimpses of murky oaky confectionary & baked treats, though this American rye remains stalwart with the majority of its cards kept close to the chest.
T: That is a remarkable entry. This is one classy brute that hits a level above of where you might expect it. It’s still as cherryade-y as I remembered it and seemingly zingier with water [at first]. It comes with some heat, but boy is the spirit clean & crisp yet also peppery, closed, spirit-astringent, and with a weird weightiness that is both formidable and yet delicate. Adding water brings out more of the herbal, dry-medicinal qualities [with only slight harks to Elijah Craig’s 12yo]. Then, fruity, slightly toffeed yet somewhat gooey & dry into,…
F: ,…. chocolate and oak,… and fresh berry-fruit tannins,.. zing > zing and > zing. It’s at the death where an after-party ignites with a harmonious wave after echoey wave of everything that’s gone before.
C: What’s so great about this whiskey is that no two pours are ever going to be the same, but is a bottle worth £400? I’ll miss it when the rest of my first-bottle samples are gone – how I could have been so diligent and restrained with the first bottle, I don’t know? – but my thinking is another stunning 6yo will be along soon enough. After all, this isn’t whiskey from a bygone age nor from a closed distillery.
Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt
Nose: A big, bold hit of spice.
Palate: Spice turns to sweetness of candied oranges and toffees.
Finish: It's back to spice again! Cinnamon and clove lasts.
Overall: Very tasty for sure.
- The quality of this rye is amazing, a lot better than the sazerac 18 in my opinion but I like barrel proof American whiskies.Huge nose,on the palate an amazing mouthfeel and tastes that take a while to get you head around,a great sipping whiskey.
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