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    Re: Thomas Handy Sazerac Rye: 2008 or 2009?

    Pardon my ignorance, but is there any info on the Handy label/bottle that says what year it is?

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    Re: Thomas Handy Sazerac Rye: 2008 or 2009?

    Quote Originally Posted by dean_martin View Post
    Pardon my ignorance, but is there any info on the Handy label/bottle that says what year it is?
    BT doesn't put that on the label, but your friends at SB.com diligently archive that information for your use.

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    Re: Thomas Handy Sazerac Rye: 2008 or 2009?

    Quote Originally Posted by dean_martin View Post
    Pardon my ignorance, but is there any info on the Handy label/bottle that says what year it is?
    Only the proof will tell you:

    2006 = 132.7
    2007 = 134.8
    2008 = 127.5
    2009 = 129
    JOE

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    Re: Thomas Handy Sazerac Rye: 2008 or 2009?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rughi View Post
    BT doesn't put that on the label, but your friends at SB.com diligently archive that information for your use.

    Roger
    ah, yes. thank you (and my friends at SB.com). That's a lot to remember when I'm all glassy-eyed in the liquor store. It's time to make note cards.

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    Re: Thomas Handy Sazerac Rye: 2008 or 2009?

    Quote Originally Posted by smokinjoe View Post
    Only the proof will tell you:

    2006 = 132.7
    2007 = 134.8
    2008 = 127.5
    2009 = 129
    I checked my only bottle of Handy tonight. It's an '07. Found a stash of 5 or 6 bottles at one of my usual haunts over the weekend. They were either '08 or '09. (Proof was in the 120s.) I'll be armed with the right info when I go back.

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    Re: Thomas Handy Sazerac Rye: 2008 or 2009?

    I have not had the '09 yet, although I have a bottle. I've tried the '06 and '08. The former was more of a bourbon-like rye, but powerful and a huge finish. Lots of leather and molasses. The '08, on the other hand, was clearly not a bourbon. It was more unique, with lots of ginger, allspice, raisins and figs. Very intense and potent, like all Handys.

    If you haven't already made a decision between another '08 and the '09, I always choose the one I haven't had because I like variety and trying new things so much.

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    Re: Thomas Handy Sazerac Rye: 2008 or 2009?

    Quote Originally Posted by dean_martin View Post
    I checked my only bottle of Handy tonight. It's an '07. Found a stash of 5 or 6 bottles at one of my usual haunts over the weekend. They were either '08 or '09. (Proof was in the 120s.) I'll be armed with the right info when I go back.
    I don't think you can go wrong with any year. I have found each of them to be thoroughly extraordinary.
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    Re: Thomas Handy Sazerac Rye: 2008 or 2009?

    I've only had the '09 and I think it is absolutely fantastic. Some of my very favorite whiskey ever. Can't go wrong!

    Cheers!

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    Re: Thomas Handy Sazerac Rye: 2008 or 2009?

    Quote Originally Posted by Luna56 View Post
    I've only had the '09 and I think it is absolutely fantastic. Some of my very favorite whiskey ever. Can't go wrong!
    Same here - only had the '09, and it's in my Top 5 of any Whisk(e)y I've tried.

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    Re: Thomas Handy Sazerac Rye: 2008 or 2009?

    I finally got around to opening a bottle of the '09, and you guys are right - outstanding! It's much more bourbon-like than the '08, which was unique in its flavor profile, a profile only a rye could produce. Not that you miss the fact that the '09 is a rye, but it's less individualistic than its predecessor. Please note, I don't mean any of that in a negative way.

    Whether the '09 my favorite of all time, probably not (Doug Phillips 22yo Willett gets that honor). I loved the '06, which was a massive, towering whiskey. But I'd have to try them together to figure out which I like better. I seem to remember the '06 as being more rye-dominant than the '09 too. It was harsh however, and while the '09 is big, I think it may be more refined and elegant too.

    I'm working off of memory here, though.

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