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.”
As a bourbon drinker I really enjoy this Sazerac. The Rye spice is there but not front and center. I taste the pepper and spice at first followed by some honey and vanilla. Finish is decently long and slightly sweet.
Very good 👍
My favorite spirit for making an old fashioned.
I wasn't a big fan.
I enjoy my whiskey neat or with 1 ice cube.
Drinking it this way gives no cover to hide a whiskey's flavor.
Perhaps Sazerac would be better as part of a cocktail.
I can't imagine a better rye. Superb nose, complicated flavor with so many background spices. I would be hard pressed to pick out each spice with one sip.
Spice bomb with some solid sweet flavors (surprisingly) as well. Would make an awesome Manhattan. Not my flavor profile for a sipper
One of the best values for Rye. Has the well rounded flavor you expect from Buffalo Trace distillery with the a beautiful Rye Flavor. Great for cocktails, but also great for drinking neat or with ice.
Sweet honey but spicy black pepper taste. Smells like cinnamon and honey
Great Rye bourbon at a sensational price and makes wonderful Old Fashions!!
This is my cocktail whiskey, makes a great rye old fashioned or manhattan.
This is what all rye whiskeys are (and should be) judged against. It may not be the greatest, but it is still excellent for what it is and the value.
Smooth nice rye. Good sipping neat or on the rocks. This is a keeper. Great price here on Flaviar.
I didn't think I liked rye but now I have tasted Sazerac and High West double rye and live them both on a rock. Both are butter, floral sweet goodness
Very smooth & mild with great flavor. Awesome value, just the right amount of spice. Very nice in a Manhattan & Lion's tail.
Smooth tasty rye. I get Buffalo Trace all over this with a rye twist. Not a strong, spicy rye by any means, but very enjoyable nonetheless. At this price point, you can't go wrong.
If you’re looking for a strong rye, look elsewhere. HOWEVER if you prefer bourbon, it’s pretty enjoyable. Has the rye flavor but much more smooth.
Exactly what I was looking for! Tasting profile is pretty accurate. Very happy with this
I love it very much
This Rye has nice caramel notes. Very smooth and enjoyable at a very good price point.
I have found that I really like rye on a rock. This one has a very sweet nose along with some caramel and slight hint of pine. The ice makes it sweeter and it feels like sweet butter on my tongue. A fairly short finish but for $25 it's long enough. Good stuff!
Quite nice, good price
Good spicy rye
A very good Rye at this price point. A nice combination of flavors and very drinkable.
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!
It’s not just that it’s good, it’s that it’s great for the price. It’s why it’s so hard to find. I bought it for Manhattan’s but it’s too good to mix.
Sazerac Rye is such a completely balanced and satisfying Rye whiskey. The Rye factor is not elevated. It is certainly present but not predominant allowing notes of pepper, spice, honey and a slight flintiness to predominate a smooth long finish. This is a staple and a competent one. Especially at its approachable price point.
Aa excellent value for a smooth and tasty rye whiskey. Great straight up with an ice cube and a splash of water.
My favorite low-end Rye whiskey. Not too sweet, spice notes on the back end. Goes down smooth.
Seems watered down. Where is the flavor?
I enjoyed it would buy again
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
Agreed! This one is actually a good value on Flaviar. Buy if under $35
Soft rye flavor, nice clean finish. Good for manhattan or whiskey sour.
Fantastic, smooth rye sipper
Made one of my favorite Manhattan’s using it
Very good full taste
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.
Best ever Rye.
Great value rye. Probably the best for the $
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!
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.
Great Rye for the price
Good for mixing, little bit weak on the finish
Nice spicy yet surprisingly slightly sweet dram. Loved the rye boldness. Great price point. This was my first Rye Whiskey. Rittenhouse is next!
I absolutely love this! Best purchase I’ve made so far from Flaviar. Easy drinking neat or with a dash of ginger beer.
You know, I make it a point never to drink rye with anything, but ginger beer? shit, that might be the exception
A smooth rye with great flavor. Definitely one to keep in stock in the home bar assortment.
Very sweet , unique flavor profile. No harshness
Not much big rye spice. Clean and well presented at 45% abv. Would prefer this in a cocktail.
Lacks the spice I’m looking for in a rye. Quite sweet and mellow.
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!
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.
Very nice flavor for the price, great in a Manhattan
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.
A decent budget-ish rye bottle.
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.
Enjoyable. Relatively complex. I get some floral notes.
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!
Apricot, orange, carmel, vanilla, carmel, black pepper, spice
great in cocktails or neat
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).
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.
Perfect For my Manhattan or on the rocks. Will be my go to drink.
Makes a great old fashioned. Perfect amount of spice.
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
Makes the best rye Old Fashioned.
Another well priced rye, perfect for a true sazerac.
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.
Distinct taste and smooth
My favorite for Old Fashioneds
Beautiful and smooth
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.
Very sweet and flavorful Rye. less harsh than I like but mixes well in an Old Fashion.
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.
The BEST rye I have ever tasted!
Tastes like a breathe of fresh air
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.
There is a sweetness and easy drinking pleasantness with this rye. I thoroughly enjoyed!
This is one of my favorite rye whiskeys - and is a bargain. Great alone or any cocktails!
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.
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.
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!
Great Quality for a reasonable price. Really great taste and smooth.
Great bang for your buck!
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.
One of my favorite ryes under &30
Enjoyed the flavor
I liked it more than Pikesville. Not as flavorful but much smoother
Nice amount of spicy with clean flavour. This is a nice cheaper rye.
Hints of cinnamon, vanilla. A buttery smooth finish. Good mouth feel.
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.
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!
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.
I love this Rye!
Smooth and flavorful. Goes down easy. One of the best rye whiskeys I have had the pleasure of sipping.
A nice rye great flavor
Great everyday supper
Very tasty. Really sweet. Good starting point if you're just getting into rye.
Spring water whiskey, refreshing, classic wood flavor
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.
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.
Very nice and smooth. Loved it with a cube.
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.
Love the price, smooth flavor short finish. Another good buffalo trace product.
Not bad at all. A bit sweeter than the Templeton, but quite serviceable. Makes a good old-fashioned.
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!
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.
Great!! Not usually a rye fan. This was good and especially for the price! Great add to the home bar.
Good spice but not very complex
The best rye I’ve tasted. Truly makes a top notch sazarac!
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.
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.
EASY DRINKING AND BALANCED FOR A RYE.
A hot mess. will be great for cocktails. needs more time in the barrel to be smooth enough for my taste.
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.
True form rye, pretty good tasting for $30 a bottle.
The anise flavor is a nice surprise. Starts out sweet then pepper and spicy settles in. Very smooth.
Very good Rye for the famous Sazerac Cocktail and the Vieux Carre. Decent price point.
Very enjoyable, nicely spiced! Great straight or as a Manhattan.
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.
Fall in a glass- smooth and spicy, full of flavor. Very good neat- excels in a cocktail with some apple cider & cinnamon stick.
Used it to make Its namesake Outstanding
One of the best ryes I've ever tasted. This one is a must have at all times.
My go to rye. For the money hard to find a better rye whiskey
So TASTY! Highly recommend.
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!!
Very good value rye
Sweet and delicious, I wish I saw it around more often. Then again, that might be dangerous.
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.
Smooth and warm. Great neat, in a Manhattan or in namesake cocktail. One of my favorites for sipping on the deck.
A Sazerac cocktail tastes the best with the true Sazerac Rye! Bottoms up!
Great rye whiskey, nice flavor profile. Easy to drink neat or on the rocks.
Really nice rye.
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"!
I really enjoy this rye. Great on the rocks and very smooth.
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.
My favorite rye. Smooth, yet still has the spiciness of rye.
Great Rye at a great price.
Love this! One of my all time go-to’s straight!!!
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.
Loves this rye, very balanced sweetness and subtle vanilla notes. Good depth while somehow very drinkable so watch out.
Very good in a Sazerac cocktail, no irony intended. Blends well with the Peychaud’s bitters. Long finish for a mid-price rye.
Smooth and flavorful. I enjoyed in neat but when combined with a modest number of ice cubes, it was even better.
I enjoyed the flavor. I use this to make Whiskey Sours now instead of Woodford Reserve.
Big fan, little initial heat with a nice sweet finish
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.
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.
Sazerac in my opinion is the perfect Rye Whiskey for an Old Fashioned. Smooth and Delicious
Sweet and smooth.
An old school rye that is always dependable, great for mixing or rocks.
Best served over ice; BT always delivers superb product.
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.
Very smooth over ice. This is now a staple in my home bar.
I really loved the pepper and anise. It goes well with cola, but I have been mostly drinking a dram with one ice cube.
Love it..nice spicy heat!!
Can't purchase from flaviar, live in AR to bad ???
Making a Sazerac cocktail with anything else never tastes right to me