Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey (Antique Collection Release)

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Discerning Drinkers (1 rating)

alc./vol: 64.6%

Proof: 129.2°

Vintage: Non-vintage

Aged: 6 years 3 months

Product of: Product of United States United States

This cask strength straight rye whiskey is named after Thomas H. Handy, the New Orleans bartender who first used rye whiskey to make the Sazerac Cocktail. Released as an annual limited edition as part of Buffalo Trace’s Antique Collection.

First introduced in 2000, this uncut and unfiltered straight rye is bottled from a batch of around 40 barrels aged for around six to eight years. The batch size, age and bottling strength (alc./vol.) varies by annual release.

Review and Tasting

Sampled on 05/02/2016


(2014 release) Clear, deep coppery amber.


Blackened fruitcake, biscuit, toasted coconut, clove and cinnamon with hazelnut.


Rich fruity moist fruitcake, cinnamon and black pepper spice.


Maple syrup, fruitcake, cinnamon and black pepper spice.


Generous and rich with pronounced fruitcake flavours, cinnamon and black pepper spice.

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Closure: Natural cork stopper

More about Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye

Produced by: Buffalo Trace Distillery
Owned by: Sazerac Company Inc.
UK distribution by: Hi-Spirits