Thomas H. Handy 2018

Thomas H. Handy 2018

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?

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Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year

A bottle that hardly needs an introduction, 2018 Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year bourbon.

Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year

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].”

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George T. Stagg 2018 Review

George T. Stagg 2018 recently dropped in our area, to much anticipation.

After last year’s Buffalo Trace Antique Collection announcement that George T. Stagg would be much more plentiful than previous years, consumers hoped that the same would hold true for 2018. Indeed, it nearly did, with the 2018 numbers showing not quite as much Stagg as 2017, but still much higher than past years.

George T. Stagg 2018

George T. Stagg is a barrel proof bourbon from Buffalo Trace Distillery’s Mash Bill #1 that is aged 15+ years. George T. Stagg 2018 was distilled in the Spring of 2003. After at least 15 years and 4 months of aging in warehouses C, H, I, K, P, and Q, it was bottled in the Fall of 2018 at 124.9 proof.

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