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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Knob Creek Twice Barreled Rye

Knob Creek Twice Barreled Rye

This past month, Beam-Suntory dropped yet another new Knob Creek Rye to the market.  This time – unlike the “premium” Knob Creek Cask Strength Rye at 119.6 Proof and carrying a 9 year age statement, and the Knob Creek Single Barrel Rye store picks at 115 proof and available age statements, both hitting the market this past year – Beam released the Twice Barreled Rye with no age statement and at the traditional Knob Creek 100 proof.

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Knob Creek Single Barrel Rye Selected by Flight Club “Tom’s Handey Rye” Review

Knob Creek Single Barrel Rye store picks are the next novelty in the Knob Creek lineup. Similar to Knob Creek Single Barrel Bourbon store picks, each of the Knob Creek Single Barrel Rye store picks are bottled from a single barrel selected by a particular retailer.

Knob Creek Single Barrel Rye

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Knob Creek Rye Single Barrel Selection Process

Knob Creek Rye Single Barrel

“Knob Creek Rye Single Barrel: The Selection Process”

If you read that title too quickly, you may be tempted to think, “Hey, didn’t they already write about selecting Knob Creek Single Barrel?”

Yes, we were fortunate to participate in selecting the Knob Creek Single Barrel Bourbon from the samples sent from Knob Creek for Tom’s Wine and Spirits.

But, this is different. For the first time, to our collective knowledge, Wichita is getting a single barrel store pick rye whiskey. And not just any rye whiskey. Wichita is getting the Knob Creek Rye Single Barrel.

Once again, Tom’s Wine and Spirits did a tremendous job in laying the groundwork to get this opportunity.

While the release date has yet to be determined, here is a review of the selection process, and a preview of what you can expect from the barrel we selected.

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