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Sazerac Rye Whiskey Review [2021]

Last updated Feb 7, 2021 | Published on Jan 30, 2021

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by Matty Sims

Sazerac Rye Whiskey is also called baby Saz as the more youthful sibling of Sazerac 18 and the full-bodied Thomas H. Handy Sazerac. How long is Sazerac Rye aged? This rye whiskey is aged 4 to 6 years old. Who makes Sazerac Rye Whiskey? It is distilled by Buffalo Trace Distillery for its parent company Sazerac. Is Sazerac Rye hard to find? Like other Buffalo Trace products, it’s allocated in many states. That’s the short of it.

I don’t remember the first rye whiskey I ever tried, but it wasn’t an enjoyable experience. It took me several years before trying another one. Sazerac Rye was my next foray into the rye whiskey category, and it didn’t disappoint. From there, I started to explore rye whiskey and all its flavor profiles. It isn’t my preferred rye whiskey these days, but it’s still a great value with good flavor.

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Sazerac Rye Whiskey Review

Sazerac rye whiskey

Sazerac Rye WhiskeyFacts
MashbillMN Rye, KY Corn, & ND Malted Barley (Undisclosed Amounts)
Age4 to 6YO
Off the Still135 Proof
In the Barrel125 Proof
In the Bottle90 Proof
ABV45%
BarrelNew, White Oak
#4 Alligator Char (55 Seconds)
Barrel MakerIndependent Stave Co
712 East Main
Lebanon, KY 40033
Barrel Size53 Liquid Gallons
66.25 Original Proof Gallons
Parent CompanySazerac Company
101 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
DistilleryBuffalo Trace Distillery
113 Great Buffalo Trace
Frankfort, KY 40601
ProsGreat Value
ConsLacks Complexity
RatingSilver 87.4 out of 100 Points
AvailabilityNationwide But Allocated
InventoryStock

Nose – 88 out of 100 Points

The aroma offers a subtle cherry sweetness. The main players are rye spice and smoky oak. There’s also some cardamom and nutmeg.

Taste – 87 out of 100 Points

The front of the palate is floral with toasted cardamom and cherry fruit leather. The backend is a strong rye spice and vanilla charred oak with some rough edges.

Finish – 86 out of 100 Points

The finish is medium. It’s like if you added toasted rye, barrel char, and cardamom into a mortar and used a pestle. A bit muddled but still good to drink.

Complexity – 86 out of 100 Points

Sazerac doesn’t scream complexity, but it’s mostly balanced and a solid sipper and mixer.

Value – 90 out of 100 Points

I mean c’mon it’s $30 bucks. No brainer. The value is fantastic for a rye whiskey of this stature. The only asterisk is it’s allocated in many states.

Verdict – Silver 87.4 out of 100 Points

Is Sazerac Rye good? Yes, Sazerac Rye is good. It made my best rye whiskeys under $30s list.

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Nose88
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Finish86
Complexity86
Value90

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Written by Matty Sims

Matty Sims is the Editor-in-Chief at a digital media company. LeAnn (his wife) and his daughters Claire, Maddy, and Adele along with a brand new pup Booker live in Taylors, SC, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He enjoys cracking a well-aged bottle of bourbon with friends and sharing stories, or cracking one of his favorite daily sippers on the back porch while the pup and his kids play in the backyard. He is a storyteller at heart, and Bourbon has deep roots in storytelling.
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