A very limited straight rye whiskey which makes up part of Buffalo Trace’s Antique Collection series.
Named after the bartender who first used rye whiskey in the Sazerac cocktail, the Thomas H. Handy 2018 release is offered at 128.8 proof – or 64.4%.
This is made up of whiskies distilled in 2012, aged for over 6 years.
Buffalo Trace tasting notes:
“Powerful, lush, and boldly spicy. Flavours 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.”
Distilled from Minnesota rye, Kentucky corn and North Dakota malted barley.
Distillation: Double distilled; beer still and doubler.
Proof off still: 135 proof.
Barrel: New white oak; #4 char; charred for 55 seconds.
Barrel maker: Independent Stave; Lebanon KY.
Barrel entry proof: 125 proof.
Barrel size: 53 liquid gallons; 66.25 original proof gallons.
Warehouse: Warehouses I and L.
Floor: 3rd and 6th floors.
Evaporation loss: 25.5% of the original whiskey lost to evaporation
Barrel selection: 73 hand-picked barrels.
Product Age: 6 years and 4 months old at bottling.
Tasting comment: ''Allspice, teaberry and clove"
- Buffalo Trace