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Sazerac

Sazerac
Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey

Category: Rye Whiskey

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 45%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$29.99

Sazerac
Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey

Category: Rye Whiskey

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 45%
Golden amber color. Fresh, fruity, floral aromas of violet candy-coated aniseed, marzipan, swedish fish candy, and grape soda with a round, crisp, dryish medium body and a peppery, delightful, medium-long herbal lozenge, caramel, chocolate chew, and candied ginger and white pepper finish. A snappy and satisfying rye whiskey for cocktails and sipping.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Spicy, Rich, Herbal, Fruity, Complex & Candied
Aroma Aroma: violet candy-coated aniseed, marzipan, Swedish fish candy, and grape soda
Taste Flavor: herbal lozenge, caramel, chocolate chew, and candied ginger and white pepper
Smoothness Smoothness: Peppery
Enjoy Enjoy: Now in cocktails, neat and on the rocks
Cocktail Cocktails: Manhattan, Old Cuban, Manhattan
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A snappy and satisfying rye whiskey for cocktails and sipping.

The Producer

Sazerac

The Producer
2001 Highway 60 E.
Owensboro, KY 42303
USA
1 502-348-3991

Their Portfolio

92 1792 Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 46.85% (USA) $29.99.
92 1792 Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 46% (USA) $29.99.
87 Benchmark Old No. 8 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 40% (USA) $11.99.
90 Blanton’s Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 46.5% (USA) $59.00.
93 Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 45% (USA) $24.00.
93 Cane Run Rum 40% (Puerto Rico) $11.99.
87 Caravella Limoncello Liqueur 28% (Italy) $17.00.
87 Caravella Orangecello Fruit Liqueur 28% (Italy) $17.00.
89 Caribou Crossing Single Barrel Canadian Whisky 40% (Canada) $49.00.
93 Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 50% (USA) $39.00.
95 Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 50% (USA) $59.00.
92 di Amore Sambuca Anise Liqueur 42% (USA) $13.00.
87 di Amore Raspberry Fruit Liqueur 16.5% (USA) $12.00.
89 di Amore Quattro Orange Fruit Liqueur 40% (USA) $14.00.
88 di Amore Limoncello Liqueur 28% (USA) $13.00.
87 Dimmi Liquore Milano Liqueur 35% (Italy) $34.00.
93 Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 45% (USA) $29.00.
93 Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 45% (USA) $39.00.
86 Gran Gala VS Cognac 40% (France) $19.00.
BR HARTLEY VSOP Flavored Brandy 40% (USA) $8.00. - Bronze Medal
85 Parrot Bay Coconut Rum 45% (Puerto Rico) $18.99.
88 Platinum 10X Vodka 40% (USA) $13.99.
BR RICH & RARE Reserve Canadian Whisky 40% (Canada) $9.99. - Bronze Medal
89 ROMANA Sambuca Liquore Classico 42% (Italy) $21.00.
88 Royal Canadian Small Batch Canadian Whisky 40% (Canada) $19.00.
92 Sazerac Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey 45% (USA) $29.99.
86 Seagrams V.O. Gold Canadian Whisky 40% (Canada) $16.00.
87 Seignette VS Cognac 40% (France) $35.00.
95 Stagg Jr. Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 65.1% (USA) $49.00.
89 Tuaca Flavored Brandy Liqueur 35% (Italy) $19.00.
92 WELLER Special Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 45% (USA) $24.99.
92 WELLER Antique 107 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 53.5% (USA) $49.00.
95 WELLER Full Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 57% (USA) $49.00.
94 WELLER Single Barrel Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 48.5% (USA) $49.00.
87 WELLER 12 Yr. Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 45% (USA) $.00.

Rye Whiskey

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Serve in a Glencairn Ganadian Whisky Glass
Rye Whisky must contain a minimum of 51% rye grain, be distilled at less than 80% ABV (160 proof) and be aged for a minimum of two years in new charred barrels. A small amount of straight Rye whiskey is bottled and marketed, but most of the industry production is blended into other whiskies to give them additional character and structure. Canadians frequently refer to their whisky as "Rye," though it is in fact made primarily from corn or wheat.

The Taste: While the best Bourbon is known for a creamy, caramel-like palate, the best Rye whiskey makes its presence known with a spicy, grainy, hard-edged firmness that is distinctive and unique. Usually very dry, with notes of walnut, toasted grain, and black pepper, straight rye has a bold assertive character that has earned it a small but dedicated following among discerning whiskey fans.

The Scotch-Irish immigrant distillers had some exposure to using rye in whiskey production, but for their German immigrant neighbors rye had been the primary grain used in the production of Schnapps and Vodka back in northern Europe. They continued this distilling practice, particularly in Pennsylvania and Maryland, where Rye whiskey, with its distinctive hard-edged, grainy palate, remained the dominant whiskey type well into the 20th century.

Rye whiskey was even more adversely effected by National Prohibition than Bourbon. A generation of consumers weaned on light-bodied and relatively delicate white spirits turned away from the uncompromising, pungent, full-bodied straight Rye whiskies. Production of Rye whiskies had vanished altogether from its Mid-Atlantic homeland by the 1980s. A handful of modern Rye whiskies are currently being made by Bourbon distilleries in Kentucky and Indiana. America’s first indigenous whiskey style is today only barely surviving in the marketplace. Its primary use is for blending to give other whiskies more character and backbone, although a small but vocal group of Rye whisky enthusiasts continue to champion it.