Alright...dumb title for a thread, but I just got the Saz 18 yo in Thursday and am now doing a side by side with Hirsch 21yo and rittenhouse 100.
Hirsch 21yo, smooth, citrus, orange,
Rittenhouse 100, intense licorish
Sazerac 18yo, wow, humm, I gonna have work on what this flavor is. Somewhere in between the other two on intensity.
Obviously I'm gonna have to work on being able to describe what I'm tasting. I will say that each of these are as different as night, day and dusk. The Rittenhouse 100 is a taste bud waker-upper, kind of like putting a piece of Sen-Sen on your tongue. I really liked the pronounced flavor of this saying, "here I am, this is who I am and if you don't like it you can say Jimmy crack corn and I don't care".
The Saz 18yo is a work of style and art, but with a hint of the back room piano player belting out a tune and a cat snoozing at his feet. The tune has some bourbon street blues, down home, to the point, but comforting. Just enough edge to hear the melody, but not enough to wake the dead.
The Hirsch 21 yo, welcome the manor. If you'll be seated in the library, Frederick will pour you a drink. While waiting in library and sipping the hirsch, you notice the game trophy heads on the walls, each one eyeing your libation. A sophisticated pour, tamed, but still with a hint of it's origin in the rye tundra. The leather in the room and the rifles on the wall let you know it comes from primitive roots, but the reidel glass your drinking it from lets you know you dealing with something that has been captured and prized.
Well there it is,
More research on these will DEFINATELY be required.
I guess I should say too, I like all of them, just in different ways.
Somebody told me the best way to start describing beverages is to start by trying to describe food as you eat it. that could be annoying! LLOL...