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Every Thomas H. Handy Reviewed [2021]

Last updated Jan 13, 2021 | Published on Jan 3, 2021

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by Matty Sims

Thomas H. Handy is an uncut and unfiltered straight rye whiskey. It’s much younger than Sazerac 18 but comes in at a higher proof (Saz18 is 90 proof compared to the varied barrel proof of Handy).

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Thomas H. Handy Analysis

Thomas H. Handy

Handy DetailsFacts
Mashbill
Large GrainMinnesota Rye
Small GrainKentucky Corn: Distillers Grade 1 and 2
Finish GrainNorth Dakota Malted Barley
Fermentation
Milling Screen#10
Cook Temp240 Degrees Fahrenheit
WaterKY Limestone with Reverse Osmosis
FermentationCarbon Steel/Black Iron Fermenter
MashSour
Distillation
DistillationDouble Distilled
Beer Still and Doubler
Off the Still135 Proof
In the Barrel125 Proof
In the BottleVaries by Year
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
FiltrationNon-Chill Filtered (NCF)


Thomas H. Handy 2020 Review

Thomas H. Handy (BTAC) 2020
YearAverage2020
Evaporation Loss31.98%32.00%
WarehouseWarehouses N, M, & K
Floors3rd, 9th, and 5th Floors
# of Barrels48.85N/A
Age6.566.2
Proof128.89129
Proof +/-0.11%

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Thomas H. Handy 2019 Review

Thomas H. Handy (BTAC) 2019
YearAverage2019
Evaporation Loss31.98%26.00%
WarehouseWarehouses N, M, & K
Floors3rd, 4th, or 5th Floors
# of Barrels48.85N/A
Age6.566.2
Proof128.89125.7
Proof +/--3.19%

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Thomas H. Handy 2018 Review

Thomas H. Handy (BTAC) 2018
YearAverage2018
Evaporation Loss31.98%25.50%
WarehouseWarehouses I & L
Floors3rd and 6th Floors
# of Barrels48.8573
Age6.566.4
Proof128.89128.8
Proof +/--0.09%

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Thomas H. Handy 2017 Review

Thomas H. Handy (BTAC) 2017
YearAverage2017
Evaporation Loss31.98%27.20%
WarehouseWarehouses K, L, & Q
Floors3rd, 4th, and 5th Floors
# of Barrels48.8572
Age6.566.5
Proof128.89127.2
Proof +/--1.69%

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Thomas H. Handy 2016 Review

Thomas H. Handy (BTAC) 2016
YearAverage2016
Evaporation Loss31.98%26.80%
WarehouseWarehouses I, K, & M
Floors4th, 5th, and 7th Floors
# of Barrels48.8561
Age6.566.3
Proof128.89126.2
Proof +/--2.69%

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Thomas H. Handy 2015 Review

Thomas H. Handy (BTAC) 2015
YearAverage2015
Evaporation Loss31.98%30.23%
WarehouseWarehouses I, K, & M
Floors4th and 7th Floors
# of Barrels48.8558
Age6.566.2
Proof128.89126.9
Proof +/--1.99%

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Thomas H. Handy 2014 Review

Thomas H. Handy Analysis

Thomas H. Handy (BTAC) 2014
YearAverage2014
Evaporation Loss31.98%33.24%
WarehouseWarehouse M
Floors5th Floor
# of Barrels48.8547
Age6.566.3
Proof128.89129.2
Proof +/-0.31%

Thomas H. Handy‘s 2014 release hits just north of the average proof for an average Handy proof. It’s also one of only two releases that come from Warehouse M and the 5th Floor.

Nose – 93 out of 100 Points

The first flavor is warming baking spice like cinnamon and allspice followed by subtle floral notes, tannic oak, and orange zest.

Taste – 95 out of 100 Points

The palate is floral with a heavy dose of warming spices, spicy red hots, and a grassy note. Then rolls in the sweeter notes of vanilla and bubble gum. I have rarely picked up the bubblegum flavor, and it hasn’t always been pleasant, but it works alongside the heavy spice on the front of the palate. You need that pop of sweet, fruit gum.

Finish – 95 out of 100 Points

The finish is long balancing spicy red hots, bubble gum, and rye spice. This sounds like a weird combo, but these flavors work surprisingly well.

Verdict – Gold 94.3 out of 100 Points

Thomas H. Handy 2013 Review

Thomas H. Handy (BTAC) 2013
YearAverage2013
Evaporation Loss31.98%32.87%
WarehouseWarehouse K
Floors7th Floor
# of Barrels48.8547
Age6.566.4
Proof128.89128.4
Proof +/--0.49%

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Thomas H. Handy 2012 Review

Thomas H. Handy (BTAC) 2012
YearAverage2012
Evaporation Loss31.98%30.23%
WarehouseWarehouse O
Floors5th Floor
# of Barrels48.8547
Age6.566.3
Proof128.89132.4
Proof +/-3.51%

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Thomas H. Handy 2011 Review

Thomas H. Handy (BTAC) 2011
YearAverage2011
Evaporation Loss31.98%32.53%
WarehouseWarehouse K
Floors6th Floor
# of Barrels48.8541
Age6.566.5
Proof128.89128.6
Proof +/-0.29%

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Thomas H. Handy 2010 Review

Thomas H. Handy (BTAC) 2010
YearAverage2010
Evaporation Loss31.98%30.38%
WarehouseWarehouses P, K, & M
Floors3rd and 4th Floors
# of Barrels48.8558
Age6.566.3
Proof128.89126.9
Proof +/--1.99%

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Thomas H. Handy 2009 Review

Thomas H. Handy (BTAC) 2009
YearAverage2009
Evaporation Loss31.98%30.37%
WarehouseWarehouse K
Floors3rd Floor
# of Barrels48.8551
Age6.567.3
Proof128.89129
Proof +/-0.11%

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Thomas H. Handy 2008 Review

Thomas H. Handy (BTAC) 2008
YearAverage2008
Evaporation Loss31.98%30.08%
WarehouseWarehouse M
Floors5th Floor
# of Barrels48.8522
Age6.566.5
Proof128.89127.5
Proof +/--1.39%

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Thomas H. Handy 2007 Review

Thomas H. Handy (BTAC) 2007
YearAverage2007
Evaporation Loss31.98%62.53%
WarehouseWarehouse L
Floors5th Floor
# of Barrels48.8534
Age6.566.5
Proof128.89134.8
Proof +/-5.91%

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Thomas H. Handy 2006 Review

Thomas H. Handy (BTAC) 2006
YearAverage2006
Evaporation Loss31.98%29.75%
WarehouseWarehouse K
Floors8th Floor
# of Barrels48.8524
Age6.568.5
Proof128.89132.7
Proof +/-3.81%

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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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