Sazerac Rye Whiskey
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
Hochstadter’s Slow & Low Rock & Rye Straight Rye Whiskey
Probably one of the crazier labels I have seen. It’s like they couldn’t decide between Rock & Rye, Slow & Low, America’s Original Bottled Cocktail or Our Famous Rye Old-Fashion so decided, screw it let’s use em all. That said I love the bottle with it’s thick twisted neck and over sized cork. I didn’t study it that closely when I picked it up but the Slow and Low, label and bottle pulled me for some reason.
Tonight I cracked it open to try it. After the first sip it prompted me to look more closely at the label and it made a lot of sense. It drank like a semi-made cocktail with strong notes of orange and honey. Sure enough it says it right on the bottle. I thought to myself this would be the perfect whiskey for an Old-Fashion. Sure enough in one of the twelve slogans at the bottom it even calls it out “Our Famous Rye Old-Fashion’.
You have seen those blends of honey, cinnamon, cherry pie, apple pie that hit you over the head with their flavors. This is present but dialed back which made it perfect for my tastes. I don’t like overly sweet stuff but instead prefer the essence of the flavor.
If you are a planning on having a party this season and serving old-fashion cocktails this would be really special. You wouldn’t need to doctor it up to much and just let the whiskey shine.