William Larue Weller 2018 Review

William Larue Weller 2018

Better late then never!  As fans of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection (or, as it is more commonly known as, “BTAC”), we at Flight Club love to hunt down and buy/taste as many of the BTAC releases as we can, as soon after their November nationwide release as possible.  But when one of our perennial favorites – William Larue Weller – doesn’t drop in our market until the following March, our tasting (and review) is a little late to the party.  But to get a chance to taste it, again, better late than never!

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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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