Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye 2020


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Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye 2020, a tribute to the legendary New Orleans bartender who pioneered the use of rye whiskey in the iconic Sazerac Cocktail. This Straight Rye Whiskey, uncut and unfiltered, is bottled directly from the barrel, echoing the traditions of over a century ago. It stands as a testament to the rich history of New Orleans and the enduring legacy of Thomas H. Handy.

Heritage: Brought to you by the Sazerac Company and distilled at the renowned Buffalo Trace Distillery, this whiskey is a nod to the timeless traditions of American rye whiskey-making.


  • Release Date: September 2020 (Annual release)
  • Proof: 129 (Barrel Proof)
  • Age: 6 Years, 2 Months
  • Mashbill: Undisclosed
  • Classification: Straight Rye

Tasting Notes:

Nose: A delightful blend of bubblegum, cherry fruit snacks, and black currant. The aroma is predominantly fruit-forward, exuding sweetness and allure.

Palate: A harmonious dance of baking spice, raisin, and orange, complemented by fruit punch and a hint of mid-palate cinnamon. The profile is direct and unambiguous.

Finish: A gentle cascade of cherry, light cinnamon, and a subtle aftertaste of lingering anise. The finish is more sweet than spicy, leaving a warm sensation.

Overall Impression: This year's Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye is a masterclass in balance. While previous editions leaned heavily on spice, the 2020 release strikes a perfect equilibrium between its spicy undertones and a burst of fruity sweetness. The warmth of the whiskey is comforting, rather than overpowering. The standout feature is its impeccable balance - a rare quality that makes this perhaps the finest Thomas H. Handy release in recent memory, if not ever.

Bottle Engraving: The Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye 2020 bottle, with its rich history and exquisite contents, is the perfect and sizable canvas for personalized engraving. Whether commemorating a special occasion or gifting a whiskey aficionado, our engraving service ensures your message is beautifully showcased, making this bottle an even more cherished keepsake.