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Sazerac Rye Whiskey distilled by Buffalo Trace

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 Rye Whiskey

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.

Ham BLT on Rye

Ham BLT on Rye

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ham BLT on Rye


Jill rang me on her way home from running errands and asked if she could pick us up something for lunch. We had some stuff on hand that was close to expiring (tomatoes, ham, bacon from the morning, and rye bread) so I whipped up this sandwich. Super easy and likely not post worthy but I gotta stay fresh and current. You could throw a fried egg on it and call it breakfast.

Rye bread
Dukes mayo
Coarse grained mustard
Touch of horseradish
Shaved ham
Roasted pepper bacon
Cheddar cheese
Plum tomatoes (sliced and put in paper towel)

It’s a sandwich people.   Heat a pan on medium with olive oil. One side mayo, one side mustard/horseradish. Using a peeler scrape your block cheddar cheese and put it as much as you want on both sides.   Add crisp bacon, sliced tomatoes (patted with paper towel to suck up some of the seed)s, and ham.   Cook on both sides until cheese melts or bread toasted to your satisfaction.