Tuesday, August 11, 2009

(The Two Parts Rye)² : The House Rye Challenge Part 4


The only one of the house rye contestant to have it's own cocktail. It's a whiskey that I personally felt had a lot of hype. A lot of the cocktail blogs over there on the right went on and on about it. I think that the Sazerac is the official cocktail of New Orleans. Which is odd, because it does not contain boobs or plastic beads. The first time that I tried it, I was very disappointed. It has proved to be pretty good over time. It's got a sweetness that is missing from the other rye's. I still think that it is a tad overrated.

Interesting enough, Sazerac is bottled by Buffalo Trace, which is in the queue for a review. It's a great bourbon, especially at it's price point. They also bottle Van Winkle's and other great bourbon's.

Web stuff: Sazerac Rye Whiskey symbolizes the tradition and history of New Orleans dating back to the 1800’s. Sazerac Rye Whiskey was used to make the original, first and only branded American Cocktail—The Sazerac.
Nose: Vanilla, clove, anise and pepper
Taste: Candied spices and citrus
Finish: Smooth, licorice and smoked pepper

The Manhattan: Sazerac interacts with the Angostura bitters better than the other ryes. I taste the bitters on the front end and the rye on the finish. Fascinating.

Cost: $26.85
Grade: B
Cost Adjusted Grade: C+
Manhattan Grade: B

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