Review #3: Thomas H. Handy Sazerac

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Thomas H. Handy Sazerac is a Rye Whiskey from the Buffalo Trace Antique collection and I found it tonight at my favorite North Austin Bar. I believe this is the 2017 bottling but I am not 100% sure.

Mashbill: Unknown but >51% Rye

Abv: 126 proof (63.1% ABV)

Age: No Age Statement

Price: ~$29 USD for a ~1.5 oz pour

Review

Color: A reddish amber

Neat

Nose: Brown sugar with hints of floral honey

Taste: The honey turns into a rich butterscotch with a layer of baking spice spice with the brown sugar remaining prevalent throughout

Finish: Sweet but a little short with mostly brown sugar and hints of spice

On a rock

Nose: The honey from the neat nose surges to the front with the brown sugar taking a more subtle note

Taste: The ice unlocks the sweetness leading to pure butterscotchy bliss

Finish: Still sweet and a touch spicy, it didn’t particularly change from neat

Conclusion

I loved this rye, this is a near 10 for me. If it was on the shelves at my local shop I’d buy it in a heartbeat. My wife tasted a bit and said it was like the moment when you pour brown sugar into your cookie batter(maybe she should be writing these reviews) and she usually thinks whiskey tastes like sweet mouthwash haha.

9 - a favorite I’d like to keep on my shelf

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Review #2: Booker's Kathleen's Batch

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Picked this up from Oak Liquor Cabinet a few weeks ago and just got around to having my second glass. The case it came in was cool but I just threw it out so nothing to write home about. They include these little cards with tasting notes and a break down of which floors of which warehouse the whiskey came from. I’m not sure that is information I care about but whatever.

Abv: 127 proof (63.7% ABV)

Age: 6 years 3 months 14 days

Review

Color: A deep, rich amber

Neat

Nose: Honey and hints of spice

Taste: The honey from the nose transitions into a richer, sweet caramel. Surisingly little heat despite the proof

Finish: Long sweet caramel finish with just a touch of spice at the end

On a rock

Nose: On ice the sweet nose is preserved and almost reminds me of a dessert wine

Taste: A delicious explosion of caramel and butterscotch. Very tasty indeed.

Finish: Unfortunately shortened by the ice and mostly just a touch of spice

Conclusion

An excellent bourbon though I wish the spice was a little more prevalent and that the finish stood up to ice a bit better(it’s hot here). I was also a bit disappointed not to catch the cherry notes the card that came with it mentioned. I probably won’t pick up another bottle of Kathleen’s batch but I will be keeping my eye out for another bottle from another batch. I do like high abv sweet bourbons :)

8 - an excellent bottle I’ll buy from time to time

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Review #1: Four Rose Single Barrel OBSQ Recipe

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This is the store selection from Oak Liquor Cabinet in Austin, TX. It’s a single barrel OBSQ.

O - Distilled at Four Roses in Lawrenceburg, KY

B - 65-30-5 mash bill

S - Straight Whiskey

Q - Floral Essence

Mashbill: 60% corn, 35% rye, 5% malted barley

Abv: 110 proof (55% ABV)

Age: 9 years 10 month

Review

Neat

Nose: Floral and sweet with a bit of cherry and a hint of oak

Taste: A little harsh for me but still sweet with cherries, oak, baking spice and vanilla. A little floral but not as much as the nose.

Finish: Long finish with lingering cherry and spice. Probably my favorite part of this whiskey

On a rock

Nose: The ice definitely cuts the nose though the floral aroma survives it

Taste: Rich, smooth and sweet. Removes any harshness present when it was neat but otherwise tastes very similar if not a little sweeter.

Finish: Just as good as neat

Conclusion

A sweet bourbon for sure but I have a bit of sweet tooth when it comes to drinking. It’s super hot here in Texas so definitely preferred it on the rocks. This was the whiskey that inspired me to start reviewing on Reddit

8 - an excellent bottle I’ll buy from time to time

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