Distilled by Buffalo Trace in Kentucky.
The story goes that in the 1800s there were saloons that lined New Orleans Bourbon Street. The Sazerac “Coffee” House served a concoction of Rye Whiskey and Peychaud’s Bitters. That libation was supposedly America’s first cocktail titled simply “Sazerac” as a nod to the famed coffee house.
Their notes claim: Aromas of clove, vanilla, anise and pepper. Subtle notes of candies spices and citrus. The big finish is smooth with hints of licorice.
I am working on being better at picking up various notes. I found it super crisp and did pick up notes of orange and maybe a little vanilla. It also finishes really smooth and without reading I wouldn’t have pinpointed on my own but it does have a hint of licorice or anise on the finish. I drank it neat and just loved it.
I will most definitely keep it on my shelf. Good stuff.
It picked up two awards in 2014
2014 Double Gold Medal – The Fifty Best Rye Whiskey Tasting
2014 Gold Medal – New York World Wine & Spirits Competition
You can read more about it on their site http://buffalotracedistillery.com/brands/sazerac-rye