Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey

Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey

(0.75l, 45%)


7.9/10
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$24.99
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That classic spirit that built a Whiskey empire.

There has been Whiskey made on the site of the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky for more than two hundred years. The first distillery operation that can be continuously traced to Buffalo Trace was started in 1812 by Harrison Blanton (yes, that Blanton). He sold the operation in 1870 and it was renamed the Old Fire Copper (O. F. C.) Distillery. It has been bought and sold many times over the intervening decades. But Sazerac has owned the property since 1992 and it has become the flagship distillery for New Orleans-based Sazerac, producing a wide range of Whiskies and spirits.

Sazerac Rye is the product that built the company. Although the original Sazerac cocktail was made with Cognac, it really took off when they swapped in a new house Whiskey — Sazerac Rye. Production was consolidated at the Buffalo Trace Distillery — meticulously following the same formula. The surprising thing is that this sought-after classic is still such a great value even though it is hard to get. Jim Murray of The Whiskey Bible raved about its “crispness” and gave it a 94.5 rating. Wine Enthusiast awarded a score of 95 points and rated it a “Best Buy.” It won gold medals this year in both LA and San Francisco. We told Uncle Flaviar to keep it all for us here at the office but he insists on sharing the love.


Smartass Corner
There are actually two versions of Sazerac Rye — both hard to get. There is a limited edition 18-year-old offered the Buffalo Trace’s “Antique Collection,” and there is the 6-year-old. In New Orleans, the younger version is affectionately called “Baby Saz.” 
  • Category
    Rye
  • Style
    Straight Rye Whiskey
  • Region
    Kentucky
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
    45%
  • Distillery
    Buffalo Trace
  • Age
    NAS

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rye
black pepper
honey
spicy
anise
orange zest
cinnamon
vanilla
clove
What does Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey taste like?

The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.

We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Rich mahogany.

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Vanilla, clove, anise, and pepper.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Cinnamon, crumb cake, more black pepper, and candied orange zest.

Finish
Smooth, crisp, and dry with anise and orange-blossom honey.
Ratings & Reviews
William
William,
My favorite low-end Rye whiskey. Not too sweet, spice notes on the back end. Goes down smooth.
 
Steven
Steven,
Seems watered down. Where is the flavor?
 
Darrien
Darrien,
I enjoyed it would buy again
 
Elijah
Elijah,
Great sipper. Huge value here. I have seen this Rye marked up as high as 60 dollars before showing its value of the price on Flaviar. Has a bit of a taste of black tea
 
Chris
Chris,
Soft rye flavor, nice clean finish. Good for manhattan or whiskey sour.
 
Ron
Ron,
Fantastic, smooth rye sipper
 
Joseph
Joseph,
Made one of my favorite Manhattan’s using it
 
Thomas
Thomas,
Very good full taste
 
Aaron
Aaron,
As with almost everything that comes out of the Buffalo Trace distillery, it’s simply amazing. The Sazerac rye is a very smooth rye whisky. The nose is not harsh at all with orange and rye being the main two scents I detect. When it touches your tongue you immediately realize just how smooth it is, with almost no bite and very smooth flavors of Carmel and vanilla. The rye becomes apparent mostly in the finish and you are left wanting more.
 
Jon
Jon,
Best ever Rye.
 
John
John,
Great value rye. Probably the best for the $
 
SCOTT
SCOTT,
Great value!
 
Jessica
Jessica,
So I'm a total beginner at drinking whiskey with appreciation rather than just slamming it back and getting drunk and not thinking twice if I tasted banana bread or pepper on the front or the back. As I'm building up my home bar, seemed like Sazerac Rye would make a great fit and it most definitely does. The bottle is stunning compared to most bottles in general. I like how it holds in my hand when pouring! My first reactions on taste however with two round ice cubes in a tumbler glass is that its not as bold and favorable as what I was expecting and hoping for. Nice/cool package, not much of a follow through on taste. Its very easy and smooth to drink and its appreciated. The price is dead on and happy its affordable because as soon as I learn how to mix drinks, this will come in handy I have no doubt. It screams old fashion like no other. I'll probably regret this review as I dive into more ryes and learn that most reviews calling this one of the best does happen to be one of the best. For now, I got others on my mind and thats ok. Still giving this a solid 8 though!
 
Mike
Mike,
Very good rye... simple and slightly sweet with the rye spice at beginning and on finish. For the money one of best values in rye whiskey. Make a great, great old fashioned.
 
Chad
Chad,
Great Rye for the price
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Very good!
 
Alec
Alec,
Good for mixing, little bit weak on the finish
 
Paul
Paul,
Nice spicy yet surprisingly slightly sweet dram. Loved the rye boldness. Great price point. This was my first Rye Whiskey. Rittenhouse is next!
 
Tammi
Tammi,
I absolutely love this! Best purchase I’ve made so far from Flaviar. Easy drinking neat or with a dash of ginger beer.
Dave
Dave,
You know, I make it a point never to drink rye with anything, but ginger beer? shit, that might be the exception
Keith
Keith,
A smooth rye with great flavor. Definitely one to keep in stock in the home bar assortment.
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Very sweet , unique flavor profile. No harshness
 
Angel
Angel,
Not much big rye spice. Clean and well presented at 45% abv. Would prefer this in a cocktail.
 
Brendan
Brendan,
Lacks the spice I’m looking for in a rye. Quite sweet and mellow.
 
Mike
Mike,
Really surprised by this one. Went into to it with low expectations and for the price and quality you just can't beat it. This tends to be priced gouged in my area if you can even find it. Thank you again Flaviar. Glad I got 2!
 
Robert
Robert,
Great nose, smooth finish with a pleasant Rye taste. The spice is there but give it a good sniff and Kentucky chew and the spice burn will subside leaving you with a nice peppery bite. Didn’t pick up on too much fruit. For me, this is much more of an earthy Rye, which is something I really enjoy. I’d give it a 10 if only the flavor didn’t fade as quickly as it does.
 
William
William,
Very nice flavor for the price, great in a Manhattan
 
Beau
Beau,
My ratings are not based on all the whiskey in the world, just the ones I've tried. This is one of two '10s' I've run across. It's a perfect rye, but also a low % rye all things considered.
 
Erik
Erik,
A decent budget-ish rye bottle.
 
Michael
Michael,
This is pretty good not even considering price. When you factor that in... well worth it. This is the second Rye I’ve received from Flaviar and I’ve been very happy with both. Good, smooth rye whiskey to enjoy over ice.
Phillip
Phillip,
I concur!
Spencer
Spencer,
Enjoyable. Relatively complex. I get some floral notes.
 
Alex
Alex,
A new favorite! One of the best Ryes you’ll get for the money...not sure about pricing though because it’s $80 at my local liquor store but incredibly priced here! The pepper, rye, and spice dominate the profile, but the subtle honey, orange, and cinnamon compliment the hard edge of it. All considered, and Outstanding whisky and would recommend to anyone who wants to try!
 
William
William,
Apricot, orange, carmel, vanilla, carmel, black pepper, spice great in cocktails or neat
 
Paul
Paul,
It's a Rye, and it knows it. Spicy to the nose and the mouth. Swirling it around livens you and brings a small tear to your eye if you throw it back too soon. Exquisite with a single rock to mellow it (if only just a bit).
 
Conor
Conor,
Fantastic standard rye. Perfect for getting into the spicy side of whisky without breaking the bank. It isn't overpowering and not too strong but the hint of black licorice is just enough open up the nose and palate.
 
Christopher
Christopher,
Excellent!
 
Jim
Jim,
always good
 
Tim
Tim,
Perfect For my Manhattan or on the rocks. Will be my go to drink.
 
Michael
Michael,
Makes a great old fashioned. Perfect amount of spice.
 
Paul
Paul,
On the nose- Floral perfume, dill, nutty, vanilla, Brown sugar and cream soda Palate- Sweet Rye, vanilla, raw sugar cane, honey, Chocolate covered peanut brittle, White pepper and cinnamon. Conclusion- Oiley and smooth with a nice citrus peel on the backend, great value rye whiskey
 
James
James,
Makes the best rye Old Fashioned.
 
Patrick
Patrick,
Another well priced rye, perfect for a true sazerac.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Nose: Peppery with hints of vanilla. Taste: Peppery with hints of a sweetness. Long lasting warmth with slight burn. On the rocks: still a nice warmth. Pepper subdued, hints of sweetness more pronounced. Slight orange zest appears in aftertaste with hints of other spices.
 
Blair
Blair,
Distinct taste and smooth
 
Jeff
Jeff,
My favorite for Old Fashioneds
 
guest
guest,
Beautiful and smooth
 
Eric
Eric,
Spice
 
Stephen
Stephen,
Decent rye ... cinnamon, vanilla, baking spice, and good heat in the back, but a bit thin overall. I love a good Sazerac cocktail but the original (this) isn’t rich enough to balance the Pernod/Absinthe, in my opinion; I prefer a stronger rye.
 
Chaz
Chaz,
Very sweet and flavorful Rye. less harsh than I like but mixes well in an Old Fashion.
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Not a big fan. I'm finding myself leaning toward the flavor profile of Buffalo Trace distillery. This was a bit strong on the palate and not very flavorful in my opinion. I know friends who like it but not for me.
 
ANDREW
ANDREW,
The BEST rye I have ever tasted!
 
Anne
Anne,
Tastes like a breathe of fresh air
 
Mark
Mark,
Bought 4 ryes, this was the least expensive and my favorite. Strong cinnamon flavor with other baking spices thrown in. Sweet, smooth and delicious overall. Quite different from my beloved WhistlePig but darn near as tasty.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
There is a sweetness and easy drinking pleasantness with this rye. I thoroughly enjoyed!
 
Merek
Merek,
I have to say this is my favorite Rye. It has a sweet vanilla caramel/clove nose with the same taste and a bit of pepper that follows. It has a nice little rye spice at the end too! I highly recommend you try this on the rocks, or in an old fashioned! Sipping it neat works as well for me. Absolutely great!
 
Garth
Garth,
This is one of my favorite rye whiskeys - and is a bargain. Great alone or any cocktails!
 
Burton
Burton,
This is a must buy. It is a rye that can please those just getting into rye, but it has enough character for seasoned rye drinkers. And it is a bargain! Balanced flavor profile, while also being obviously a rye. Sweet and pepper. Rye bread and some sweet fruit. Yum.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Color is amber, maybe just a little more yellow than dark. Nose is a sweet burn with notes of pepper. The ethanol burn is not off-putting, as it contains the notes of rye and pepper and other spices that draw you in. First sip is sweet with notes of honey, pepper, and baking spices, with a subtle orange peel note. Finishes with a little heat and baking spices that linger. Overall, this an enjoyable Rye, especially at the price. There are better options out there, but few at the price range, and less that are not just repackaged MGP product.
 
Vincent
Vincent,
A classic rye among ryes, and a steal for the price. Approachable for those new to rye, yet flavorful enough to keep coming back to. Fantastically balanced sipper that also cuts through in cocktails - and yes, it makes an excellent Sazerac!
 
Donald
Donald,
Great Quality for a reasonable price. Really great taste and smooth.
 
Prenard
Prenard,
Great bang for your buck!
 
Erwin
Erwin,
Love the heat. And I love rye. But what stands out to me about this whiskey is the balance of all the flavors. Not one over powers the others. Rye, cinnamon, honey, black pepper. . .all nicely balanced.
 
Keagan
Keagan,
One of my favorite ryes under &30
 
chris
chris,
Enjoyed the flavor
 
Jay
Jay,
I liked it more than Pikesville. Not as flavorful but much smoother
 
Joseph
Joseph,
Nice amount of spicy with clean flavour. This is a nice cheaper rye.
 
Luke
Luke,
Hints of cinnamon, vanilla. A buttery smooth finish. Good mouth feel.
 
Harrison
Harrison,
I’m not sure I’ve had a better eye product to make old fashioned’s or NO Sazerac cocktails with. Very smooth sipper if you wanted too.
 
Kent
Kent,
Exactly what I want in a Rye. Smooth, not too spicy, with an interesting set of flavors. Also perfect in my "Old Fashioned" and budget priced too!
 
Reuben
Reuben,
Wonderful for a Rye. Delicate and gentle. Not too spicy as some Ryes can be. This is one I will not use for a mixer since it will disappear.
 
Joe
Joe,
I love this Rye!
 
Doug
Doug,
Smooth and flavorful. Goes down easy. One of the best rye whiskeys I have had the pleasure of sipping.
 
Jon
Jon,
A nice rye great flavor
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
Great everyday supper
 
Benjamin
Benjamin,
Very tasty. Really sweet. Good starting point if you're just getting into rye.
 
Clint
Clint,
Spring water whiskey, refreshing, classic wood flavor
 
Taylor
Taylor,
It started off with a sweet aroma of vanilla. Following that, it had an overwhelming taste of cinnamon, orange, and black pepper that didn't really work all that well together. Overall it was a big overwhelming with flavor for my taste, much less pleasant than I had expected.
Taylor
Taylor,
Edit: I dropped an ice cube in it to try to mellow the strong flavors out and it really mellowed it out and made the flavors work together. I would definitely change my rating to a 8.5/10 on the rocks.
John
John,
Very nice and smooth. Loved it with a cube.
 
Emily
Emily,
This is an essential to any home bar. Many of my friends that don't like to sip whisky, love this. It's got a really drinkable flavor. I sip on this consistently. also makes for a great mixed drink.
 
Doyle
Doyle,
Love the price, smooth flavor short finish. Another good buffalo trace product.
 
Eric
Eric,
Not bad at all. A bit sweeter than the Templeton, but quite serviceable. Makes a good old-fashioned.
 
Joseph
Joseph,
This is the gold standard for mid level rye whiskey. If you want better you have to spend more and that extra money might not deliver. This is the classic go to rye!
 
Adam
Adam,
As with many of the other reviewers this is a very tasty rye... not a typical rye. Very smooth and great for the price. It's a hard find here in Nashville.
 
Chase
Chase,
Great!! Not usually a rye fan. This was good and especially for the price! Great add to the home bar.
 
guest
guest,
Good spice but not very complex
 
Brian
Brian,
The best rye I’ve tasted. Truly makes a top notch sazarac!
 
George
George,
I'm more into wheat than rye however this is certainly my favorite rye. Probably because it is incredibly smooth with great flavor at a great price. Always keep a couple in the cabinet.
 
Antti
Antti,
It is a very good, crisp, Straight Rye Whiskey with a crisp birth; a bold life; that leads to a smooth & dry death with notes of flint, anise & orange-blossom honey.
 
KEVIN
KEVIN,
EASY DRINKING AND BALANCED FOR A RYE.
 
Brock
Brock,
A hot mess. will be great for cocktails. needs more time in the barrel to be smooth enough for my taste.
 
guest
guest,
Don’t have a bottle, but got it neat at Big Whiskey’s in Spfld MO. As a novice rye drinker, really impressed. anise was the flavor I couldn’t put my finger on at first. I really enjoyed it.
 
Sean
Sean,
True form rye, pretty good tasting for $30 a bottle.
 
Fallon
Fallon,
The anise flavor is a nice surprise. Starts out sweet then pepper and spicy settles in. Very smooth.
 
Howard
Howard,
Very good Rye for the famous Sazerac Cocktail and the Vieux Carre. Decent price point.
 
donald
donald,
Very enjoyable, nicely spiced! Great straight or as a Manhattan.
 
Michael
Michael,
Spicy and peppery vanilla with cloves. Fantastic. Medium finish, but very, very drinkable. This one will definitely have you coming back for more. Great value for the price.
 
Jordan
Jordan,
Fall in a glass- smooth and spicy, full of flavor. Very good neat- excels in a cocktail with some apple cider & cinnamon stick.
 
Anthony
Anthony,
Used it to make Its namesake Outstanding
 
Joshua
Joshua,
One of the best ryes I've ever tasted. This one is a must have at all times.
 
Jim
Jim,
My go to rye. For the money hard to find a better rye whiskey
 
Scott
Scott,
So TASTY! Highly recommend.
 
Jim
Jim,
Very sweet and smooth for a Rye, excellent value when you can find it. This is the first whiskey my wife ordered neat so it must be good!!
 
Nathan
Nathan,
Very good value rye
 
Robert
Robert,
Sweet and delicious, I wish I saw it around more often. Then again, that might be dangerous.
 
Barry
Barry,
It's definitely a different flavor than the regular Whiskey I usually drink. I discovered the other day I like it in my coffee better than Maker's or Buffalo Trace and it goes well with cheddar and sour cream flavored chips.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Smooth and warm. Great neat, in a Manhattan or in namesake cocktail. One of my favorites for sipping on the deck.
 
Robyn
Robyn,
A Sazerac cocktail tastes the best with the true Sazerac Rye! Bottoms up!
 
Stephen
Stephen,
Great rye whiskey, nice flavor profile. Easy to drink neat or on the rocks.
 
Lisa
Lisa,
Really nice rye.
 
Ronald
Ronald,
My Dad was a Rye drinker since his twenties. (Mostly mixed in simple Manhattan on the Rocks) On the recommendation of a local store, I picked-up a bottle of this stuff for him for Father's Day - He told me that this was "the best damned Rye that he'd ever had" He liked that it was smooth and complex, but still less sweet than Bourbon (which is WHY he was a "Rye man", and he was not just saying this because he was my Dad...) So, take it from an old-school, long-time Rye drinker - this one BELONGS in your "hooch cabinet"!
 
Kathy
Kathy,
I really enjoy this rye. Great on the rocks and very smooth.
 
Eric
Eric,
For the price, there isn't anything better period. The only rye I like better at all is the Basil Hayden Dark Rye (blended with canadian rye and some port) but it's twice the price.
 
Blake
Blake,
My favorite rye. Smooth, yet still has the spiciness of rye.
 
Mike
Mike,
Great Rye at a great price.
 
Danton
Danton,
Love this! One of my all time go-to’s straight!!!
 
Scott
Scott,
Almost gave it 10 stars because of value. Very inexpensive bottle for the quality. As many have noted the balance on this is great. Very smooth. Can be enjoyed on its own.
 
Peter
Peter,
Loves this rye, very balanced sweetness and subtle vanilla notes. Good depth while somehow very drinkable so watch out.
 
PJ
PJ,
Very good in a Sazerac cocktail, no irony intended. Blends well with the Peychaud’s bitters. Long finish for a mid-price rye.
 
John
John,
Smooth and flavorful. I enjoyed in neat but when combined with a modest number of ice cubes, it was even better.
 
guest
guest,
I enjoyed the flavor. I use this to make Whiskey Sours now instead of Woodford Reserve.
 
Thomas
Thomas,
Big fan, little initial heat with a nice sweet finish
 
Rich
Rich,
Great flavor. Not too expensive. Perfect rye for its namesake drink. Hard to get here in Ohio, but worth the effort when you can get a bottle.
 
Chadwick
Chadwick,
Favorite.
 
Steven
Steven,
Not sure if I'm a rye guy. The depth of flavor was great and no single thing was off putting, just not my cup of tea.
 
Patrick
Patrick,
Sazerac in my opinion is the perfect Rye Whiskey for an Old Fashioned. Smooth and Delicious
 
The
The,
Sweet and smooth.
 
Jeffrey
Jeffrey,
An old school rye that is always dependable, great for mixing or rocks.
 
Marlon
Marlon,
Best served over ice; BT always delivers superb product.
 
Aiden
Aiden,
This stuff is pure gold. Simply amazing. Quite spicy, but wonderfully balanced with a pure cornucopia of spices like clove and vanilla. A medium-long finish adds to the velvety mouthfeel. My new favorite dram, and it has quickly become a staple in my repertoire. Perfection in a glass.
 
Rick
Rick,
Very smooth over ice. This is now a staple in my home bar.
 
Jon
Jon,
I really loved the pepper and anise. It goes well with cola, but I have been mostly drinking a dram with one ice cube.
 
Will
Will,
Love it..nice spicy heat!!
 
noel
noel,
Can't purchase from flaviar, live in AR to bad ???
 
Brian
Brian,
Making a Sazerac cocktail with anything else never tastes right to me
 
Peter
Peter,
By far the most balanced rye for its price
 
guest
guest,
Great traditional addition to the bar
 
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