Stephen is a regular writer at FlightClubICT.com
Four Roses recently announced the addition of Four Roses Small Batch Select as a new member of its regular product line.
Old Ezra 7 Year Barrel Strength arrived in Kansas as a pleasant surprise. After the release announcement in October 2018, it was assumed that this was not going to be a nationwide release. However, when it popped up here in January, we were lucky enough to snag a bottle. And we’re happy we did.
Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye is a barrel proof rye and part of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection. Regarded as a benchmark of barrel proof American rye, it is always a barely legal (51%) rye and six years old.
This is one of our favorite rye whiskeys each year. The Thomas H. Handy 2018 release was bottled at 128.8 proof, which is a slight increase from the last two years. The 2016 Thomas H. Handy was 126.2 proof. The 2017 Thomas H. Handy was 127.2 proof.
For the 2016 and 2017 releases, there was a noticeable switch between the taste. The 2016 release tasted just as much like bourbon as it did rye. The 2017 release was a much more distinctly rye whiskey.
So, how about the 2018 release?
A bottle that hardly needs an introduction, 2018 Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year bourbon.
The Pappy Van Winkle brand has become its own metaphor. Instead of describing Pappy Van Winkle bourbon as the “holy grail” or “golden goose,” other products can be aptly described as “the Pappy Van Winkle of [fill in the blank].”