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Review: Sazerac Rye

Sazerac Rye is a beloved American whiskey that has a rich history dating back to the 19th century. Produced by the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky, Sazerac Rye is a straight rye whiskey that is made with a mash bill that is 51% rye, 39% corn, and 10% malted barley. The whiskey is aged in new, charred oak barrels for at least six years, which gives it a deep amber color and a rich, complex flavor profile. The Sazerac Company, which owns the brand, has won numerous awards for its whiskeys, including the prestigious World Whiskies Awards.

Overall, Sazerac Rye is a classic American whiskey that deserves a place in any whiskey lover's collection. It's well-balanced, flavorful, and has just the right amount of spice to keep things interesting. Whether you're sipping it neat or using it as the base for a classic cocktail like the Sazerac, this whiskey is sure to impress. With its long history and numerous accolades, Sazerac Rye is a true testament to the art of whiskey-making.


  • Winner - World Whiskies Awards - 2022

  • Silver - International Wine & Spirits Competition 2022

  • Platinum - TAG Global Spirits Awards 2022

  • Silver - San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2022

The Basics

  • ABV: 45%

  • Cask: New American Oak

  • Nose: Spicy and aromatic, with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove

  • Taste: Full-bodied and rich, with flavors of vanilla, caramel, and toasted oak

  • Finish: Long and warming, with notes of black pepper and a touch of sweetness


Chris' Opinion: Well, well, well, look who we have here - the Sazerac Rye. This little guy is definitely not for the faint of heart. It's got a bold flavor and a spicy kick that will wake you up faster than a cold shower on a Monday morning. If you're a rye lover like me, you'll appreciate the complexity of this whiskey. It's got a nose that's sweet with a hint of cinnamon and clove, and a taste that's spicy with notes of caramel and vanilla. And the finish? Let's just say it's long and warm.

Dan's Opinion: It's a smooth and balanced rye with a nose that's spicy and earthy, and a taste that's pleasantly sweet with notes of honey and spice. The finish is warm and lingering, with a touch of oak and a hint of vanilla. It's not the most complex rye out there, but it's reliable and consistent, making it a great choice for both sipping and mixing in cocktails. As a whiskey enthusiast, I appreciate the history and tradition behind the Sazerac brand, and the fact that they've been producing quality rye for so many years.

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