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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 Painkiller View Post
    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.
    Sheeze, this one is not even 60 days old. Many more out there....

    http://www.straightbourbon.com/forum...t=thomas+handy

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    Re: Yet another opinion needed.....

    $80 is a bit steep, but if I was completely out of Handy and looking for it - I'd probably pay it. For my palate, Baby Saz doesn't come anywhere close. In fact, I'd trade a Saz 18yr for a Handy - just my flavor preference. That said - if you've never had a rye whiskey before, $80 might be an expensive experiment (says the guy who bought a bottle of Pappy 20 yr without ever having it, just to find I didn't think it was all that!) Can you find any Willett Family Estate Rye in your area? I've bought a 4 yr bottle, 110 proof for $35 which I thought was an amazing rye (and less than half of the Handy). For me, that lines up closer to the flavor profile of a Handy than a Baby Saz.
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    Re: Yet another opinion needed.....

    Quote Originally Posted by darylld911 View Post
    Can you find any Willett Family Estate Rye in your area? I've bought a 4 yr bottle, 110 proof for $35 which I thought was an amazing rye (and less than half of the Handy).
    What he said. If you want a high proof rye Willet is a good one to start with, and if you find you don't like rye you're not going to be out $80.

 

 

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