American Whiskey - Rye

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Sazerac 18yr Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey

From: Kentucky, United States Liquor Review Category: Rye American Whiskey

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Tier 1
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San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2005
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  • 2010
  • 2011

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Wine Enthusiast

  • 2006

Proof66 Notes

One doesn't often think of buffalo in Kentucky but the distillery takes its name from the buffalo path (or "trace") that led to the banks of the Kentucky River in Franklin County. Buffalo Trace Distillery takes pride in the limestone water (being notably free of iron) and good soil conditions for grain. The site has had a working distillery since 1787 but the official Buffalo Trace first began operation in 1857.

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This bottle has 6 ratings and 6 reviews.
Sportsmen Sportsmen (1)
Rating: 5.0 (2017-01-06)
This what every Rye should be! I cant believe the low rating on this site. It starts out with a pleasant sweetness of toffee, vanilla, and honey. You get a complex spice ring of cinnamon, mocha, and wintergreen mint. You get a rich oak taste from the barrel. It finishes with a spicy, dates, and citrus flavor. It finishes smooth. Perfection!
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jaketaz jaketaz (218)
Rating: 5.0 (2015-10-22)
This is the rye that other ryes want to be when they grow up. I had it at a nice soul food place in Kentucky, $25 PER SHOT. Totally worth it, one of the best whiskies I've ever had and if I see a bottle on a store shelf you better hope you're not between me and that bottle. Rye is already a fun area of the liquor world with lots of quirky personalities and bold flavors, but if a bar carries this stuff they may as well toss their other whiskies out the window.
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Buck Mulligan Buck Mulligan (76)
Rating: 5.0 (2015-07-24)
Neatpour is on the money here. A huge fan of the antiques, Sazerac 18 yo rye, which I encountered at a speak easy in Poetsmouth, VA, is wonderfully smooth, the peppery rye flavor tempered by the age and quality of the bourbon. This is without a doubt a mature sipping whiskey, and the sweetness of the bourbon and the bite of the rye seem to dance in tandem. I would certainly be open to this in a Manhattan or a Sazrac, but thats about it. Anything else would not do this bourbon justice.
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NeatPour NeatPour (349)
Rating: 5.0 (2013-10-26)
Would give this a six if I could... Those fortunate enough to buy it should buy as much as they can. This is the rye to end all ryes. Body is super rich and complex with this amazing classy smoothness that dances off the tip of your tongue as it finishes. Wth, I think it might have ruined ryes for me. Don't think it will be any fun going back to my normal rotation :(. So good it makes me mad
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  • - peathead up voted your review on 2016-10-17.

  • - jaketaz up voted your review on 2015-06-27.

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ChrisCarlsson ChrisCarlsson (329)
Rating: 5.0 (2010-09-03)
Nice medium/heavy body and mouth feel generating warmth wherever it touches. There is a definite sweetness (of a caramelized sugar rather than) and vanilla with a Madagascar vanilla and fruit component with a spicy sourness underlying it. Unlike many whiskies of its age group, it is neither tired or over -baked. Lingering spicy sweet finish oak dryness.

This rye again confirms the Buffalo Trace/Sazerac company as the preeminent distiller of rye whiskey.

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Irishman Irishman (388)
Rating: 4.0 (2009-06-05)
I didn't care for it neat, but after 2 minutes on a couple ice cubes, it was very good.
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  • - Thrain II down voted your review on 2016-10-03.

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