Sazerac 18 year old vs. Van Winkel 13 year old vs. Wild Turkey 101
I just finished a blind taste test and the results are in!
A) Color - a deep dark cherry hued amber that says "I'm old".
Nose - very loud fruity/spicey complexity just zinging with oak
Palate - cherry cough syrup served up in a big wooden spoon carved out of an oak barrel stave. A good bit of alcohol burn on the tongue.
Finish - white pepper and anise that is long and warm with the late arrival of some thick cigar smoke.
B) Color - amber with a gold cast.
Nose - damson jam; allspice, hot apple cider with a cinnamon stick.
Palate - spiced apple rings floating in hot cider.
Finish - applebutter on rye bread of medium duration with soft fade out.
C) Color - solid classic amber.
Nose - baked sweet potatos and butter, brown sugar and cinnamon.
Palate - sharply spicey sweet potato pie; sasafras tea with a hint of wild mint.
Finish - very pleasent hearbal tea tones just a little hot with a quick decay.
The truth revealed:
A = Van Winkel Family Reserve Rye 13 years old.
B = Sazerac Rye 18 years old.
C = Wild Turkey Rye 101 proof.
Overview - I liked all of these ryes and I try my best to keep them around the house. That can be tough to do as none of the three are available in Virginia. Before Vickie let me know which glass held which rye I picked an overall winner that I thought represented 'Best In Class' and that turned out to be 'The Saz'! The apple butter on rye bread finish is what makes this rye so very special. I've never had anything quite like that before, and was such a pleasent surprise that it makes 'The Saz' number one in my book.