Distiller: Buffalo Trace
What does the distiller say: “This straight rye has a mellow spice and dry sweetness that dances on the tongue, giving pure delight that is worthy of the Sazerac name.”
Age: 18 Years
Color: ( 93 )
Deep Burnt Orange
Nose: ( 95 / 100 )
Impressive with rich fruit, subtle rye, and faint leather
Taste: ( 95 / 100 )
Buttery with a complex mix of fruit, toffee, and chocolate on the front palate is met on the mid-palate with a pleasing balance of rye spice
Finish: ( 92 / 100 )
The finish is pleasing with a return of sweetness from the fruit and toffee on the back of the tongue. The shorter duration was the only thing holding the finish back from a 95 rating.
Overall Rating: ( 94 / 100 ) Buy (As many as you can find!)
The Sazerac Rye 18 Year Old was our favorite of this year’s Antique Collection. The rich mouth feel and balanced complexity make this the year’s best rye to date. A longer finish would have earned the Sazerac 18 another point in the overall rating. If you can only buy one bottle of the Antique Collection, try to make it the Sazerac 18!