Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye Whiskey Review (2012)

By S.D. Peters Rating: A+ Thomas Handy, one-time proprietor of the Sazerac House in New Orleans, was the man who altered the Sazerac cocktail in 1870 by replacing cognac with rye whiskey.  It may have been the only positive outcome of the period’s phylloxeria outbreak that caused a shortage in the supply of cognac.  Today, the Sazerac is probably the ...

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Wemyss Peat Chimney 8 Year Old Scotch Review

By Richard Thomas Rating: A- The world has seen a boom in small whiskey-making, but not every micro-maker is a micro-distiller. Some small companies buy whiskey from outside sources, and then do their own blending and/or secondary aging. In the United States, Angel’s Envy is one such outfit. Wemyss Malts of Scotland is another. The Wemyss family estate has been ...

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Colonel E.H. Taylor Rye Whiskey Review

By S.D. Peters Average Rating: A- Col. E.H. Taylor Straight Rye Whiskey is the latest Rye from Buffalo Trace Distillery, which has already contributed to the “Rye Resurgence” with it’s pair of Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskeys. These are fine examples of American Rye, but the E.H. Taylor expression is something else again.  By comparison, the 6-year old Sazerac Straight Rye is the ...

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