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    Question THomas H. Handy???

    Anybody tried the Thomas H. Handy already??? I'v got a couple of bottles waiting for me with my importer...so i'm rather curious as to how it stands up against the NA Sazerac and the 18yo Sazerac....(both strong favourites of mine!)

    Scooby

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    Re: THomas H. Handy???

    Quote Originally Posted by Scooby View Post
    Anybody tried the Thomas H. Handy already??? I'v got a couple of bottles waiting for me with my importer...so i'm rather curious as to how it stands up against the NA Sazerac and the 18yo Sazerac....(both strong favourites of mine!)

    Scooby
    I think the Handy is an excellent pour and I have a couple in the bunker when my current open bottle is dry. It is a little stronger than the Saz 18 and I like to use a cube of ice once in a while in the glass. With you likeing the Saz 18 you will enjoy the Handy.

    bj

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    Re: THomas H. Handy???

    I opened a bottle of Thomas Handy last week. This was my first taste at rye. I found it to not have nearly as much flavor as bourbons. It did not seem very complex whatsoever. Is this typical of straight rye whiskey's?

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    Re: THomas H. Handy???

    Quote Originally Posted by heatmiser View Post
    I opened a bottle of Thomas Handy last week. This was my first taste at rye. I found it to not have nearly as much flavor as bourbons. It did not seem very complex whatsoever. Is this typical of straight rye whiskey's?
    I find ryes to be thinner in body than bourbon but not necessarily less flavorful. Hence I'm reluctant to try ryes under 90 proof. WT rye is a nice pour; see if it floats your boat. If you found Handy lacking you probably won't care for Saz Jr. I like it but the finish is admittedly short. Handy is less complex than Stagg which is to be expected; 7 or so years in the barrel Vs. Stagg's 14+.

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    Re: THomas H. Handy???

    In a blind tasting against Willetts, Red Hook and Rittenhouse 21, The Handy stole the show. It is my favorite rye.
    Joe
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    Re: THomas H. Handy???

    If only the Handy was priced like the Rittenhouse BIB!
    Joel

 

 

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