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Palate:The palate, like the nose, starts out earthy and mild, without much amplitude. At first, I’m disappointed. Then, a haunting line of sweetness starts to wind through, conjuring up melon, honey, cucumber, cinnamon, and black pepper. Soon after a bazaar-like spice quality emerges, with cumin, garam masala, ginger, and unsweetened baking chocolate.
Every fall now, people who love whiskey and people who never drink whiskey trip over themselves to get their hands on anything Van Winkle. Around the same time, Buffalo Trace also releases their rare and limited 5-bottle Antique collection, including 3 barrel proof offerings: Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Straight Rye, George T. Stagg Straight Bourbon and William Larue Weller Bourbon. The Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye pays homage to the New Orleans man who, in the late 1800’s, changed the principle ingredient of the Sazerac cocktail from cognac to rye whiskey.