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    Yet another opinion needed.....

    I've tried the "search" function on here to no avail, so once again I'm gonna throw this out there: I'm looking for a higher proof whiskey, and my local retailer has a couple of bottles of the Thomas Handy Rye, around 67.3%, available for $80. Never tried a flat-out rye, so would this be a worthwhile purchase? I will grab it tomorrow if you guys give me the thumbs up. I am quite anxious to try this beast.

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    Re: Yet another opinion needed.....

    If you are afraid of over spending you can always add 259ml of water to that bottle of Handy and you'll have 1 litre and 9ml of 100 proof rye whiskey.
    Or get a bottle of Rittenhouse Rye BIB for around 22 bucks.
    Me? I like Handy, it's worth it.
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    Re: Yet another opinion needed.....

    I love Oscar like a brother. But I disagree. I don't think it's worth it. Buy a couple bottles of Saz Jr instead.
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    Re: Yet another opinion needed.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Josh View Post
    Buy a couple bottles of Saz Jr instead.
    Does BT have 2 rye mashbills?
    In spite of the proof Saz and Handy seem different.
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    Re: Yet another opinion needed.....

    I had a similar debate. I passed up a THH last night, just couldn't bring myself to pay that much for what seems to basically be uncut baby Saz. The bottle had been sitting on the shelf for 4 months or so, i figure if i change my mind in the next few weeks it will most likely still be there.


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    Re: Yet another opinion needed.....

    Yeah Smoke, me too. It's actually been on the shelf for some time now, which seems unusual for such a well known, high priced whiskey. That's why I was a bit hesitant to buy. Maybe not a fair gauge, but if it's that easily available, still, is there maybe a reason?

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    Re: Yet another opinion needed.....

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarV View Post
    If you are afraid of over spending you can always add 259ml of water to that bottle of Handy and you'll have 1 litre and 9ml of 100 proof rye whiskey.
    Or get a bottle of Rittenhouse Rye BIB for around 22 bucks.
    Me? I like Handy, it's worth it.
    Quote Originally Posted by Josh View Post
    I love Oscar like a brother. But I disagree. I don't think it's worth it. Buy a couple bottles of Saz Jr instead.
    Quote Originally Posted by OscarV View Post
    Does BT have 2 rye mashbills?
    In spite of the proof Saz and Handy seem different.
    Love Handy but haven't been able to choke down an open bottle of Saz Jr in more than a year. And my little synchrony moment here tonight...had a pour of Saz Jr before reading this thread (even thought about dumping it after a few sips but then my East European genes kicked in) and then started digging through the basement boxes to open a Handy but first found and opened a Ritt BB instead.
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    Re: Yet another opinion needed.....

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarV View Post
    Does BT have 2 rye mashbills?
    In spite of the proof Saz and Handy seem different.
    They do have two but Handy & Baby Saz have the same one. The other one is for the Taylor rye.

    A couple years ago when the price of Handy went up in the mitten I did a head to head of Baby Saz vs. Handy cut down to 90 proof. I couldn't tell the difference. That was the last bottle of Handy I bought. With the price hike it was no longer a good deal. I'm an outlier on this, but I'm perfectly fine with that. One less thing for me to hunt for and more on the shelf for those who enjoy it.

    Re: the Willet ryes, yes they are also barrel proof, but they are a very different style of rye from the Saz family.
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    Re: Yet another opinion needed.....

    Yeah petrel, funny you say Booker's. Have a nice unopened bottle at home, I think their 25th Anniversary. ?? (And I wonder when I will ever open it.) But a local shop has a 129 proofer sitting there for about $50. I keep thinkling about getting it, but Booker's just doesn't seem to impress too many on here. Even the guy selling it said he thinks it's overrated. I've gone through several bottles years ago, but it was always via shots !!, and shots only.That was fun! Always wondered what it would be like to be a "big boy" and just sip it. Maybe I'm missing out on something. Per chance it's time to revisit history, after all.

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    Re: Yet another opinion needed.....

    Handy isn't worth it. It's something that everyone will eventually have to try since it's part of the BTAC, but I think you should try to find it in a bar to test it out. I like Willet ryes better, and the price on those is more attractive. If your goal is to get a high proof whiskey regardless of it being rye or bourbon grab a Four Roses Single Barrel. There are many store bottlings of it at barrel proof around $50-$60, TPS has all the recipes available or you could find a local retailer that gets their own bottling. Avoid the Bookers too, that one is easy enough to find in a bar to try and isn't that great.

 

 

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