Tasted: Splash of water, via a 2oz sample
If you are into bourbon, you have probably heard of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection. The thing that makes this particular bottle interesting compared to others in the collection is that it is aged for only 6 years. Sazerac, Weller, and Stagg are at least double that age. Also, there are plenty of ryes on the market that are 6 years and older. What makes this rye so special? Is it just hype that comes from being in the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection? Let’s find out…………
Nose: Rye spice. Rich caramel. Charred oak with some astringency. Just from the nose you can tell this is going to pack a punch on the palate.
Palate: Oh, she hot! She needs some water to open up, and I usually like my barrel proofers neat. Similar to the nose you get that rye spice and caramel up front. Also getting brown sugar, some dill, and orange. No astringency on the palate.
Finish: Long. Old oak and dark chocolate with just a touch of spice. Very nice.
Grade: 87 – 89 (B+) = Great, Always want to have a bottle
This is a delicious rye whiskey. I’m not sure what the mashbill exactly consists of, but has to be lower on the percentage of rye. You get a lot more bourbon influences in this pour than you would in say a 95% rye mashbill. If I saw a bottle for $80 retail I would for sure buy it.Bourbon, bourbon blog, bourbon ranking, bourbon review, cleveland, review, Thomas H. Handy 2015, Thomas H. Handy 2015 review, whiskey, Whiskey blog, Whiskey review