Saved a drop of the regular saz to pour out respect for some distillers lost around the way. Free C Murder.
Alright, much to the chagrin of whiskey kids who actually know what they are doing, DDB continues to review ryes with his 9th grader palate acting like they grown. Let’s break these 17s into rock bags in today’s review:
Sazerac Rye, Poverty Edition, $29.99 bottle
6 years old, 90 proof
This is the basic ticker entry level rye which admittedly smokes most other ryes in the category (Templeton, etc.) but how does it hold up against the aggro, uncut, straight dro THH? Well this is an admittedly beautiful rye with deep caramel notes that seems older/darker than the 90 proof/6 year would belie. The nose is cinnamon, red hots, baker’s spice and cocoa powder, some lively crackle and white pepper on the finish. It seems far more complex than some proofed down shit in the same segment and seems to stand closer to Michter’s rye in execution.
The taste is smoothe, no need for ice cubes or water, shit is already prepped RIP to Nate Dogg but no need to regulate. The taste is sweet at the inception like melted caramel, spicy black pepper, imperceptible abv, a honey closer and syrupy coating along the bitter zones. It is admittedly very tasty and could go toe to toe with far more expensive offerings like the jet fuel 2 year Willett Rye that costs almost twice as much.
Thomas H. Handy, 6 year uncut rye, 129.2 proof
Previously this offering received the most attention in the BTAC lineup but with Saz18 having abysmally low counts and WLW essentially flipping the script on what wheaters are capable, this bottle has been criminally overlooked in 2014. But is it worth the universal praise? Is this just BTAC marketing and hype? IS BUFFALO RUNNING GAME ON US LIKE SOME 2am TINDER FLOOZIE?
In short: no. This is fucking phenomenal. If we are talking comparable priced items in the realm of Michter’s 10 rye and Willett 8 year rye, both phenomenal offerings, this unloads a full banana clip like an ACR bushmaster. The color is this tarnished bronze like gladiator codpiece, radiant at the edges like honey and legs longer than Taylor Swift.
This is over 2/3rds alcohol and, while present, there’s more to love in this Rye’s eharmony profile. There’s a load of wafflecone, soft serve vanilla ice cream, nutmeg, and a mounds bar closer. The waft doesn’t knock you out like fight night. Shit is deceptive, and things get fully turnt very quickly.
The taste is where the heater was hiding, laying low waiting for you to start slipping. It immediately hits the sweet zone with an anesthetic dullness that coats substantially crackling along the bitter zones with a maple syrup and apple pie lighting shit up like Charlie Sheen in Platoon.
While you CAN drink this neat, and I would love to be that hard as nails reviewer, this opens up beautifully and is vastly superior to Saz6 once a splash of water is added. Not down to 90, but lets call it 9 eyedrops full. Then shit is beautiful, its like in shitty romcoms where the clearly hot girl changes out of overalls and takes her glasses off. We all knew she was legit, this just ups the appreciation into more normative levels.
SCIENCE VERDICT RESULTS:
Ok so big shocker, the one that costs four times as much is better. But the important thing is that the valley is not nearly as wide as the Stagg Jr vs. George T Stagg. In fact, once water is added, it’s like being in the same club except the THH has a table with ratchets hanging all over. But it’s kinda the same night just scaled up.
WHAT DO I KNOW I JUST TOOK TWO SHOTS AND RELIED UPON MY THESAURUS THIS ENTIRE TIME.