Distiller: Buffalo Trace
What does the distiller say: “Full of rich flavors, this authentic American rye whiskey is a symbol of the timeless history of New Orleans and the legacy of Thomas H. Handy”
Age: 6 Years
Color: ( 92 )
Nose: ( 92 / 100 )
Leather at the outset with notes of banana bread, clove, walnuts, and mild rye spice
Taste: ( 93 / 100 )
Thick and rich, the front palate is loaded with sweetness reminiscent of bananas foster. Wonderful rye spice that is elevated on the mid-palate to bring the taste into perfect balance.
Finish: ( 93 / 100 )
The finish is long and luxurious. It was here we found the heat we had been expecting from a whiskey of this proof, but it was welcomed, carrying with it a wonderful cinnamon and evergreen undertone that lasts and lasts.
Overall Rating: ( 93 / 100 ) Buy (As many as you can find!)
The Thomas Handy carried with it the expectations of the 2012 release. As incredible as that whiskey was, perhaps it was inevitable, even if a bit unfair. Overall, the Thomas H. Handy Sazerac had the longest lasting finish, and that is saying something considering it was the last of the five we sampled in the same evening! (We know, it’s a dirty job, but somebody has to do it!)