American Whiskey - Rye

Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey

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

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97th Percentile
This score falls in the 97th percentile of all spirits in the Whiskey category and is an example of the very best in its class.
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Awards

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016

Beverage Testing Institute

  • 2009
  • 2014

Wine Enthusiast

  • 2013
  • 2016

Proof66 Notes

Sazerac rye is made with "the tradition and history of New Orleans dating back to the 1800s. Sazerac Rye Whiskey was used to make the original, first and only branded American Cocktail "The Sazerac."
Named Top American Whiskey in the 2007 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

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This bottle has 16 ratings and 16 reviews.
Tango Tango (122)
Rating: 5.0 (2016-11-23)[Updated Review]
Sazerac Rye is 5 star rye. The nose is complex with vanilla, spice , oak and caramel The entry is smooth with palate of vanilla, fig, spice ending with finish of caramel, spice and oak.Sazerac has been consistent with upholding the quality thru the years.
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BDanner BDanner (274)
Rating: 4.5 (2016-10-13)[Updated Review]
Unique nose with high alcohol, rye, cinnamon and burnt sugar. Neat you get BIG spice. Enters spicy and oaky with a mild sweetness. Fall spices transition to mild vanilla and lingering oak and spice on the finish. A couple cubes turn the sweet up just a notch with a light cocoa note on the finish. Made a great old fashioned. The oak and spice really stand up to the bitters. While not quite as complex as Rittenhouse, I will always pick up a bottle on the rare occasion that I see it.
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Cranecreek Cranecreek (163)
Rating: 3.4 (2016-10-13)
I believe this Rye has gone through some changes. I have seen references to 6 years but my bottle has no age statement. On the nose I get some Vanilla and brown sugar along with a little citrus and a good amount of spice. When tasting, it retains some background mild sweetness throughout. An orange citrus presence combined with a touch of toasted corn. The spice takes center stage but in the manner of cinnamon and clove and not "peppery" as with some rye whiskies. Also I do not get the spearmint flavor of those same higher rye products. You could call it bright or Brassy in a way that points to a young whiskey. The spiciness is tingling and lasts long into the finish and beyond. Mostly two dimensional with the corn sweetness and spices being the only two players here. Not sure what the corn % is in the mash but I'm thinking probably around 35 percent.
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quantumboy7 quantumboy7 (47)
Rating: 5.0 (2016-06-20)
The very best rye... That you can buy... Just give it a try... And you'll see why... I'm waxing poetic because this stuff really is poetry in a glass. It's a fantastic whiskey, but the initial flavor isn't even the best part. The long, delicious finish begins around 4 seconds after the swallow, with just a bit of corn and caramel/vanilla, some oak (maybe a bit of char?), and complex spiciness that just lingers on. Not only is this one of the very best ryes available, but it's one of the best whiskies to be had, especially in this price range.
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exploreblog exploreblog (8)
Rating: 4.0 (2016-05-31)
A nice rye. My first sip tasted of butterscotch, but I think it was my mind playing tricks on me due to the color. With a little more exploration, I found it to have a little sweetness on the front and back ends, with a nice lingering burn that tasted of cinnamon and cloves. Every time I drink it, it tastes a bit different, but that describes my first encounter. Check out my full review at exploreblog.net.
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US Spirit US Spirit (74)
Rating: 5.0 (2015-12-07)
Sazerac Rye is an amazing whiskey. Neat, it is my favorite rye to date: smooth, complex, woody, spicy, grassy, with just a hint of the caramel vanilla sweetness you'd get from a good bourbon, all in a perfect proportion with no aspect that becomes harsh or objectionable. The nose and taste are pretty much in line with each other. As a mixer, I've only ever used it in a Manhattan and while its very good, its a hair behind Templeton for that application imo (I might be more sensitive to higher proofs in a Manhattan or Martini because the fact that its chilled makes me drink quickly before the spirit warms up). Neat this is definitely my favorite rye though. In spite of my 5 star rating on Templeton, if Sazerac wasn't so hard to find, it would probably be the only rye I stock. The price is also incredible, as this is $25 and few whiskies I've ever tried will match this neat regardless of price. If I ever see a bottle of the 17 year old version, I will buy it on the spot pretty much regardless of price. My only complaint is that I don't love this over ice, but that's how I feel about most ryes. Easy 5 out of 5 stars, recommended for anyone who likes rye or bourbon for that matter. My only complaint is that I almost never see this in stores near me.
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jaketaz jaketaz (211)
Rating: 5.0 (2015-03-27)
Believe the hype. It's one of the finest spirits I've ever tasted. Sweet and spicy with a thick body, I get a whole array of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, vanilla the works from this beauty. Too good to mix and needs no water or ice at all, it's perfect as is and totally smooth without a shade of burn. Not common in stores... if you see it, get it. If it's at the bar, order it. You'll thank me later.
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Review Comments
BDanner (2015-10-22):
Took your advice...Saw it for the first time ever in store and bought the only two bottles they had. Review to follow in a couple days.

jaketaz (2015-10-22):
hope you like it, it's definitely hard to come by. the 18 year one is practically nonexistent

rolugomi rolugomi (34)
Rating: 3.0 (2015-01-09)
Nose hits strong with spices and something sweet. These come across on the palate, with something woody, and teh sweet takes a back note. Longish finish with wood, manly.
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beerdless beerdless (10)
Rating: 3.0 (2014-10-11)
My first straight rye whiskey. A little harsh finish, probably due to the only 6 years in barrel? Slight mint. Much cinnamon. Could just be a standard rye.
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Irishman Irishman (324)
Rating: 5.0 (2014-08-16)
This has become one of my favorite ryes. Very well balanced with a classic rye kick that is not over-ridden by the oak. Deliciously dangerous on the rocks.
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scollings scollings (97)
Rating: 5.0 (2014-08-16)
In the top 3 for Rye.
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NeatPour NeatPour (341)
Rating: 4.0 (2014-05-26)
4.3/5, better than I thought it would be! Especially for the price, it's the sweetness and clean quality that is uncharacteristic at this price point. It like what lagavulin is to islay, this is too rye... If that makes any sense. Highly recommend
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Muncher Muncher (586)
Rating: 5.0 (2014-03-16)
Dry, lots of rye spice, with a hint of sweetness. Absolutely delicious. Definitely the best rye whiskey, or any whisk(e)y for that matter, I've had so far. Now I need to find one of Sazarac's older whiskeys to try.
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decostrj decostrj (17)
Rating: 5.0 (2013-06-29)
Spicy strong nose. Full flavored rye with an oily consistency that lingers on the palate for a long finish.
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StanMemTn StanMemTn (135)
Rating: 4.0 (2013-01-28)
Served on the rocks, this was an very good sipper. A bit softer than I had anticipated, it still supplied a nice spiced flavor with a pretty clean aftertaste.
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ChrisCarlsson ChrisCarlsson (328)
Rating: 5.0 (2010-09-03)
Thick body and mouth feel generating warmth wherever it touches. There is a definite sweetness with a spicy sourness underlying it. Unlike many whiskies of it age group it is neither tired or over oaked ( both common but usually separate perils of aging past 12 years (or younger really) Lingering spicy sweet finish with a pleasing if paradoxical dryness.
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