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Sazerac

George T. Stagg built the most dominant American distillery of the 19th century, during a time known as the Gilded Age of Bourbon. Uncut and unfiltered, this robust bourbon whiskey ages for nearly a decade and boasts the bold character that is reminiscent of the man himself.

 
Sazerac Rye 18 Year-Old
Sazerac Rye 18 Year-Old

The famed Sazerac Coffee House was founded in 1850 on Exchange Alley in New Orleans, Louisiana and soon gained fame as the home of “America’s First Cocktail” known as the Sazerac. Using rye whiskey in place of the French brandy, a dash of Peychaud Bitters, and Herbsaint, what eventually became the official cocktail of New Orleans was created.  This straight rye has a mellow spice and dry sweetness that dances on the tongue, giving pure delight that is worthy of the Sazerac name.

TASTING NOTES:

Very mature, with notes of oak, leather molasses and all-spice. The long, warm finish is preceded by notes of mint, eucalyptus, cinnamon, vanilla, and lingering pepper.

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  • "3 Stars - Recommended" - F. Paul Pacult's Spirit Journal, December 2018
  • 2019 Best Rye, 11 Years and Over - Jim Murray's Whisky Bible
REVIEWS:

F. Paul Pacult's Spirit Journal-December 2014  rating:  5 Stars/Highest Recommendation - "Hits the ball out of the park....again." - F. Paul Pacult

Whisky Advocate rating: 95
"This is an amazing, truly unique whiskey. There is no rye whiskey on the market that is as old or perfectly balanced as this one. For all who can't get enough flavors and intensity in your whiskey, your search has ended " -Whisky Advocate

Thomas H. Handy Sazerac
Thomas H. Handy Sazerac

Named after the New Orleans bartender who first used rye whiskey in the Sazerac Cocktail, this uncut and unfiltered Straight Rye Whiskey is bottled directly from the barrel, just as it was over a century ago. Full of rich flavors, this authentic American rye whiskey is a symbol of the timeless history of New Orleans and the legacy of Thomas H. Handy.

TASTING NOTES:

Powerful, lush, and boldly spicy. Flavors of toffee, fig cake, and candied fruit, followed by mint, cinnamon and clove. The finish ultimately reveals subtle notes of allspice, coconut and nutmeg. Long and warm.

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  • 2020 Double Gold Medal - San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • 2019 Gold Medal - Los Angeles International Spirits Competition
REVIEWS:

F. Paul Pacult's Spirit Journal rating:  5 stars/Highest Recommendation                                                                                   "Extraordinary whiskey by any measure." - F. Paul Pacult

Rating: 94.5
“Sweet baby Jesus what is this? An extraordinary aromatic nose. The alcohol will sear your taste buds so add some ice. Spicy. Wild at heart” – David Broom

Sazerac Rye

The One and Only New Orleans Original. Sazerac Rye Whiskey symbolizes the tradition and history of New Orleans. Rye Whiskey that dates back to the 1800’s, around the time when saloons, veiled as Coffee Houses, began lining the streets of New Orleans. It was at the Sazerac Coffee House on Royal Street where local patrons were served toddies made with Rye Whiskey and Peychaud’s Bitters. The libation became known as the “Sazerac” and America’s first branded cocktail was born. This is the whiskey that started it all.

TASTING NOTES:

Aromas of clove, vanilla, anise and pepper. Subtle notes of candies spices and citrus. The big finish is smooth with hints of licorice.

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  • 91 points - "Best Buy" - Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Feb
  • 2019 Silver Medal - San Francisco World Spirits Competition
REVIEWS:

Rating 94.5
–Jim Murray's Whisky Bible

“Any crispier and the glass would shatter…a rare and valuable gem!”
-Jim Murray



"Versatile, crisp, and an ideal match for cocktails that also include orange liqueur, as well as its namesake classic cocktail.  Light aromas include vanilla and a touch of juicy citrus.  Flavors run to bitter orange, dark chocolate and black tea, finishing with a pepper tingle.  Velvety feel, despite the brisk alcohol.  Best Buy.  95 points - Wine Enthusiast, July 2013



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