Scotland Stephenson's Spirits Reviews

Thomas H. Handy Straight Rye Whiskey

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Review Date: May 12, 2009
Category Info: Whiskey / Whisky :: Rye
Distilled From: Rye
Retail Price: $$$$$ ($50-$100)
Brewer / Distiller: Sazerac
Casking: Bourbon Barrel
Strength: 63.75 proof
Origin: United States - Frankfort, Kentucky

Tasting Notes:

The nose is huge spicy rye with bold fruit notes of dried apricot and menthol. On the palate this has huge power and massive pepper. Almost like cayenne for a moment. Despite its strength the flavors stand up to the alcohol. Beautiful! Long finish of pepper, vanilla oak, and monthol spice.
The nose opens up with bright candied citrus and melloq oaky spice. The palate is still dominated by rich spice but the vanilla note shows through with more force. The finish is leathery spice and subtle apricot / citrus. The long spicy finish lasts forever.