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Bottling NameSazerac 18
Bottled ByBuffalo Trace Distillery Frankfort,KY
TypeKentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
Alcohol content90 Proof
Availability US: Available Japan: Unknown Duty Free: Not Available Europe: Available
Age18
Views (since 20080612) 14557
Bottling InfoAmber chestnut color. Huge, spicy aroma. Very mature, with notes of oak, leather, and molasses. Enormous in every respect, from its thick, chewy texture to its unbelievably spicy and very powerful flavors. The long, warm finish is preceded by notes of mint, eucalyptus, cinnamon, vanilla, molasses, oak, leather, and lingering pepper.
"This is an amazing, truly unique whiskey. There is no rye whiskey on the market that is as old or perfectly balanced as this one. For all who can't get enough flavors and intensity in your whiskey, your search has ended."

- Malt Advocate Magazine



Review from gillmang (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1541, Created:20090420203700, Updated:20090420203839)
Purchased at:Buffalo, NY
Purchased for:$60.00 (U.S.)
Info on this bottle:Fall 2008 bottling
Nose:soft and scented with shells of fine nuts predominating
Taste:Lovely toasted flavor, very refined, elegant and soft, with a rainwater-like finish
Finish:Lingering and rounded, very little alcohol presence
Overall:By far the best batch of Sazerac 18 year old rye I've had. The rye notes are there but meld into a complex, toasted wood savor. Top of the line in every way.

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Review from BuffaloBill (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1191, Created:20080706192536)
Purchased at:Cape Cod, MA
Purchased for:$49
Info on this bottle:Sazerac 18 Year - Fall 2006
Nose:Stunning. This is the real deal... everything is in balance. Where do I begin?!? Peaches, oranges, passion fruit, banana, honey, nothing over-powers the next element, along with an authentic Rye note. This is poetry in a glass. A slight Pineapple essence lingers in the balcony. Caramel... this is a Standing Ovation after five weeks of being opened in the bottle, lying horizontal in a cool dry place. The cork is fully soaked. Using a Riedel Tulip.
Taste:This is the art of distillation at its best. Firm rye. Quick dry light burn, comfortable. Damn nice. Pineapple and Mango. This bottle is at its peak. It dances with finesse and the quintessential spark of a great Rye. Great RYE!!! I'm over the top about this bottling.
Finish:Long and lucious.
Overall:Remarkable. Nothing more needs to be stated. It's a Standing O !!!

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Review from BuffaloBill (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1172, Created:20080627003133)
Purchased at:Boston / South Shore
Purchased for:$50
Info on this bottle:Sazerac 18 Year RYE - Fall 2007
Nose:Ripe Banana, right up front. Golden and Red Delicious Apples. Sliced Pears. Vanilla. Soft Caramel. Passion Fruit. Honey. Slightly Citrus.
Taste:Firm Rye. Warming, slightly chewy. A lean and quick warmth, very comforting. Smooth, no big burn.
Finish:Medium to long with a clean, crisp, semi-dry ethanol ending.
Overall:Like a fine Moscato. Concentrated flavors. Exceptional. Fruit and leather at the very bottom of the glass. BB

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Review from bourbonguyjapan (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1042, Created:20080330055350)
Purchased at:trade :)
Purchased for:gratis
Info on this bottle:sample
Nose:Toffee and aftershave.
Taste:Orange and a little tangy, cherry and wood notes.
Finish:Dry tannin type.
Overall:Good stuff!

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Review from spun_cookie (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 920, Created:20071125192648)
Purchased at:Rum Runner
Purchased for:$68
Info on this bottle:Bottled in the Fall of 2007
Proof Of this Bottle:90
Nose:Neat:
Apples, light (very light) cinnamon. There is a very light aroma of the oak and some cherries.

After a few minutes I get some caramel with the apples
Taste:Neat:
That is fun stuff. Light leather, oak, spice and.....

Light, fairly dry, and tasty...
Finish:Neat:
0-15 seconds there is a quick drop in the taste of alcohol to a rich complex scent of spice and oak
15-30 seconds is light apples and ... leather.... and touches of oak.
30-45 seconds there is almost a honeysuckle light floral bouquet to it
45-60 seconds very, very light floral...
Overall:I like this. Now I want to go back to the Thomas Handy and give it another taste. This has a constant light flavor, almost an after dinner bourbon. Not in my top ten, but when I am looking for a fairly dry, light drink in the evenings... I could reach for this again.

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Review from bourbonv (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 98)
Purchased at:Gift from Ken Weber
Info on this bottle:Distilled Fall 1981, Bottled Summer 2000
Proof Of this Bottle:90
Nose:Apple blossoms and caramel toffee with a hint of mint. Rich and complex with layers upon layers of aromas. The bottom layer is a hint of charred oak.
Taste:Oak tannins and old leather with a nice oily mouth feel. Smooth but pleasantly warm dark berry fruit with some vanilla sweetness just before you swallow.
Finish:Sweet and spicy with a little anise spice and caramel being the dominate flavors of the finish. Long lasting and inviting.
Overall:Great rye whiskey meant to be enjoyed straight in a fine tasting glass. Take your time and enjoy it as it breathes. This first year bottling of the Sazerac rye has always been my favorite.

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Review from bunghole (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 97)
Purchased at:Bootlegger
Purchased for:$50
Info on this bottle:Distilled in the Spring of 1984. Bottled in the Fall of 2004
Proof Of this Bottle:90
Nose:Excellent tawny amber color.

BIG BOLD NOSE! Pungently perrfumed with many complex florals; anise, and oak. Women should smell this delicious!
Taste:Surprisingly soft mouth feel. Of good viscosity, the spirit is lighter than I would have thought possible for a twenty year old.

Intriguing flavor profile that is unlike any other rye that I have ever tasted. Ever eaten any rose petals? Well here are some you can drink! There are some mild mannered oak and spice notes that are very well balanced.
Finish:UNBELIEVABLE! No High Heat! No Sharp Tongue Twisting Tannins! No Gasping For Air! A semi-sweet and semi-dry finish that lasts a respectable lenght of time and decays slowly and softly. No new flavors arrive, but that's OK, as what you started with is plenty fine to also finish with.
Overall:In a blind tasting if you told me this was a twenty year old rye you could have knocked me over with a feather. I had a very hard time getting a handle on this whiskey, and had to study it no less than four different times just to get comfortable enough to write about it. I like it quite a bit, and I'm not one to drink rye very often.

I compared it to the 2002 Sazerac which was also distilled in the Spring of 1984. Again in a blind tasting no way could you convince me that these two were the very same whiskey with only two years of age difference.

I've found all of the Sazerac ryes to be stunning and not to be missed. I've enjoyed every one I've had the pleasure to taste. Highly Reccomended!

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Review from Mark (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 31)
Purchased at:NYC
Purchased for:$43
Info on this bottle:Bottled: Fall 2003
Nose:Very inviting, not too overpowering and not too light. I get an almost floral bouquet from it.
Taste:Spicy up front but with no real burn in the mouth. Its a very nice warm mellow spice that compliments the nose very much.
Finish:After the spice subsides a bit that floral type aroma comes back as well as a bit of mint. Quite dry as well
Overall:I really like this years release of Sazerac. I have had another one in the past (I think an 01) and for some reason I seem to like this one better. It goes to show that if in the past you have had a pour that is released only yearly it can change quite a bit from year to year. What you may not have been overly crazy about one year can knock your socks off the next.

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