Thanks. I thought they tasted quite similar side by side. The Handy is quite a bit better though IMO. Looks like it's time for a blind test.
"DOH, no Baby Saz around."
On the bright side; that's a hell of a lot better than no Handy around.
On a related note, Thomas H Handy Sazerac Rye (129 proof) is the
#2 Whisky in the World 2011 according to Jim Murray's Whisky Bible.
Full Awards results at whiskyintelligence.com
It doesn't have much of an edge to it, which I tend to like, but even so this is among my favorites. Especially good in a Sazerac cocktail.
I was shockedyestersay. I was at a pub in Detroit enjoying $2.50 glasses of Oberon with friends, when lo and behold behind the bar I spied a bottle of Sazerac Rye! That was a first for me, in Michigan anyway. If I hadn't had places to go, I would have ordered one.
Sazerac rye is good, always, with a distinctive grassy note. However recently I was surprised at the quality of a current bottling of Old Overholt. It was full-flavored, soft and with good length and more importantly (to me), the yeasty-licorice signature was dampened in favour of fruity notes, like lemon drops or red berries. A fine dumping and I wish I could get more.
In my opinion Baby Saz is a perfectly serviceable rye that just has no place for me. It just doesn't stand up to mixing and there are better sippers out there. I'm currently enjoying Handy or Rittenhouse BIB with a bit of water.