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Sazerac Straight Rye 18 Year Old Whiskey (Fall 2009)

(75cl, 45%)

Sazerac Straight Rye 18 Year Old Whiskey (Fall 2009)

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Sazerac 18 2009 Bottling Note

Maximum one bottle per customer.

It's arrived! Last year's release of this incredible Rye was Jim Murray's 2010 World Whisky of the Year, quite an accolade. We couldn't wait to try the 2009 release of Sazerac 18, and we weren't let down! An amazing whiskey from Buffalo Trace!

This was distilled in the Spring of 1985 from a selection of Minnesota Rye, Kentucky Corn and North Dakota Malted Barley. This sour mash rye came off the still at 135 proof, it was reduced to 125 proof before filling into a 53 gallon, new white oak barrel, which was built by Independent Stave and charred for 55 seconds. The 56.13% of the original whiskey was lost to the angel’s share. This is a small batch rye, blended from 28 hand selected barrels.

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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Huge and powerful sweet Rye on the initial nosing gives way to cinnamon toasted brioche, leather, and more than a hint of Maraschino cherry. A really huge hit of oak follows, somewhat vinous with it - we were reminded of a barrique aged chardonnay. There’s something slightly medicinal lurking somewhere - a hint of Iodine perhaps? Definitely not out of place amongst the other huge aromas given off by this whiskey though. A slight suggestion of Coconut right at the tail end.

Palate: An initial astringency is surprising after the sweetness of the nose, but it soon becomes clear what the game is here, as under-ripe banana that arrived first is elbowed out of the way by its caramelized, almost Barbequed bigger brother. Astonishing layers of complexity begin to develop.

Finish: As the complexity continues to build, we get hints of cola nut, and a touch of Hazelnut Latte. The spiciness continues right to the death, and the finish seems to go on for ever.

Overall: We’ve had a lot of ryes over the years at Master of Malt, but this is a different beastie entirely. We wouldn’t go as far as to call this whiskey austere, but it’s very definitely a grown-up dram. If you’ve not had the pleasure of sampling an American Whiskey of this age (and very few of us have), this is a very, very good place to start.

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