Friday, December 25, 2015

Sazerac Rye aka Baby Saz



Baby Saz is a solid bourbon at a solid price if you can find it at "retail". I have never paid more than $35 dollars and I would never-ever pay more than $35 dollars for a bottle... 

Some people love and adore Baby Saz, it definitely has some sort of cult following amongst enthusiasts and novice drinkers. Some People pay higher prices than they should because some people charge higher prices than they should, both those parties are clueless...

Baby Saz is apparently a "New Orleans" style rye and has something to do with a bartender or bar owner named Thomas Handy, a coffee shop, and substituting rye whiskey for cognac in the Sazerac Cocktail recipe, blah blah blah blah blaaaaaaaaah, allegedly!!!!

Sazerac Rye, NAS, rumored around 6 yrs old, 90 proof:

On the Nose: I get an apple cider and/or a Celestial Seasonings Apple Cinnamon Hot Tea thing..vanilla, clove, some citrus, and slight alcohol vapor..

One the Palate: Ummmmm... Baby Saz tastes just like a glass of Sweet Tea and/or a Arnold Palmer. I get some dark chocolate, a little bit of mint, and some rye spice, but really all I taste is sweet tea and the citrus background blends into an Arnold Palmer for me. Creamier than I expected which is like a Chai Tea thing as well...

All I really get is tea, tea, and some more tea.....

Overall: Baby Saz is solid, I wish it was bottled at 100 proof, I think it would really take this bottle to another level. As is, Baby Saz is just an easy sipping whiskey, it drinks more like a bourbon compared to typical ryes....

Baby Saz is the baby brother of and rumored to share the same mash bill of Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Giants Thomas Handy Sazerac Cask Strength and future Sazerac 18 offerings. 

But, to me Baby Saz is not much more than an average 6ish year old rye bottled at 90 proof...

Cheers and Happy Hunting,

Alex @bourbonboomed