Rye Whiskey

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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Catoctin Creek to Expand Operations

By Jake Emen Virginia-based distillery Catoctin Creek is getting ready to quadruple their operations. With the acquisition of a new 300-gallon Kothe still, as well as the space to house it in a newly acquired building in Purcellville, Virginia, the nearly 4-year-old distillery is massively increasing their capabilities, which previously included just a 100 gallon Kothe still. The new facility, ...

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Buffalo Trace Releases 2012 Antique Collection

(Buffalo Trace Press Release) At long last, Buffalo Trace Distillery is releasing its 2012 Antique Collection in September. The much anticipated collection will once again feature five limited-release whiskeys of various ages, recipes and proofs. Here’s what ardent fans can expect: Eagle Rare 17 Year Old The previous edition of this bourbon was honored with a Gold Medal at the ...

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Colonel E.H. Taylor Rye Whiskey Review

By S.D. Peters 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 Trace’s ...

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Buffalo Trace To Release Giant French Oak Barrel Experiments in September

(Buffalo Trace Press Release) There’s been much discussion and experimentation with aging whiskey in small barrels, but what about experimenting with large barrels? More than two decades ago, Buffalo Trace Distillery set out to do just that. American whiskey typically ages in 53 gallon oak barrels, but this whiskey matured in 135 gallon French oak barrels, one for 19 years and ...

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