Review – Sazerac Rye Whiskey

I have a friendly relationship with the owner of my local liquor-focused-store.  His name is Mike, and he likes bourbon and whiskey. When I stop in his store I am always asking, “Hey Mike!….. What’s new and exciting” as I am looking for bottles that I haven’t tried yet. Just before Christmas break this year he had a counter top lined with bottles just delivered by the Buffalo Trace Distributor.  He had purchased three bottles each of six different varieties.  Out of the six rows there was only a single bottle of Colonel E.H Taylor Straight Rye, and only one bottle remained of the Sazerac Rye.  I decided to crowd source my purchase, and chose to buy both of the lone bottles.  This post will be a review of the Sazerac Rye Whiskey.

Sazerac Rye at Kruskis bar

Sazerac Rye Whiskey can be traced back to the 1800’s. This rye was the main ingredient in a “Sazerac” in which most hail as the first ever branded (ordered by name) cocktail.  Although Sazerac is a New Orleans classic, this Rye Whiskey is now produced at the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort Kentucky.  This rye whiskey is packaged in a bottle that is extremely attractive.  The bottle and label are simple, yet old-timey-cool.  The bottle definitely caught my eye in the store, and cost me just under $30 out the door.pouring a sazerac rye

From this post forward all bourbon and whiskey reviews posted on Kruski’s will follow a standard format.  A single ice cube will be placed inside a clean old-fashioned glass.  Approximately two ounces of bourbon or whiskey will be poured over top of the cube, and promptly removed.  We will record our experience into five main categories; Appearance + Nose + Taste + Finish + Overall.  Our overall scores will be on a scale from 1 to 10 with ten being the best.  Until our review has been completed we do not discuss anything with each other.  You know what they say about opinions and assholes, so by no means do you have to agree with us.

Sazerac Rye Whiskey – $30 – Tasted on 10JAN2013

Sazerac Rye Artistic closeup

Appearance
Jay:  Golden amber, clear
SD:  Light amber, yellow highlights

Nose
Jay:  Subtle whiskey scent, no burn in my nostrils, vanilla, lack of roasted or toasty aromas
SD:  Smoked oak and cedar, black pepper, mild alcohol, flaked oats,mild golden raisin

Taste
Jay:  Spicy, black pepper,very light wood flavor
SD:  Red bell pepper, anise, dry oak

Finish
Jay:  Tingling sensation on the tip of my tongue, tobacco flavor on my lips
SD:  Light and dry,nutty, black pepper

Overall
Jay:  6/10  Above average rye, solid value, would use for mixing
SD:  6/10  Not complex, has a good quality flavor, clean and easy to drink, makes for a solid intro to Rye

 

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