Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey
  • Category Rye
  • Country United States
  • Region Kentucky
  • Distillery Buffalo Trace
  • Style Straight Rye Whiskey
  • Alcohol 45%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • vanilla
  • clove
  • anise
  • pepper
  • cinnamon
  • cake
  • orange zest
  • candied
  • honey

Sazerac

Straight Rye Whiskey (0.75l, 45%)
Price $25.99

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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 has won Gold medals 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
  • Country United States
  • Region Kentucky
  • Distillery Buffalo Trace
  • Style Straight Rye Whiskey
  • Alcohol 45%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.

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.

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  • vanilla
  • clove
  • anise
  • pepper
  • cinnamon
  • cake
  • orange zest
  • candied
  • honey
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Rye - think of it as Bourbon's edgier cousin. It’s known for what many call a spicy or fruity flavor. Rye (distilled from at least 51% Rye) is not on the sweet side and tends to have a spicier body. That’s why the character of a cocktail made from Rye, instead of Bourbon, is drier.
George Washington famously loved his Rye Whiskey. In fact, after he served as the first president of the United States, he returned to his farm at Mount Vernon and started a small Rye distillery of his own.
A decade ago there were only 6 brands of Rye Whiskey hailing from Kentucky, nowadays there are more than 50!
Rye sparked the first revolution after the American Independence. It was called the Whiskey Rebellion, and it arose when the government tried to tax Whiskey and enforce the taxation on distillers. The lesson here? Don't mess with a Whiskey drinker's dram.
The Buffalo Trace Distillery was one of the few production facilities that was allowed to remain in operation during Prohibition for "medicinal purposes."
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Rye - think of it as Bourbon's edgier cousin. It’s known for what many call a spicy or fruity flavor. Rye (distilled from at least 51% Rye) is not on the sweet side and tends to have a spicier body. That’s why the character of a cocktail made from Rye, instead of Bourbon, is drier.
George Washington famously loved his Rye Whiskey. In fact, after he served as the first president of the United States, he returned to his farm at Mount Vernon and started a small Rye distillery of his own.
A decade ago there were only 6 brands of Rye Whiskey hailing from Kentucky, nowadays there are more than 50!
Rye sparked the first revolution after the American Independence. It was called the Whiskey Rebellion, and it arose when the government tried to tax Whiskey and enforce the taxation on distillers. The lesson here? Don't mess with a Whiskey drinker's dram.
The Buffalo Trace Distillery was one of the few production facilities that was allowed to remain in operation during Prohibition for "medicinal purposes."
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