About – “The One and Only New Orleans Original. Sazerac Rye Whiskey symbolizes the tradition and history of New Orleans. Rye Whiskey that dates back to the 1800’s, around the time when saloons, veiled as Coffee Houses, began lining the streets of New Orleans. It was at the Sazerac Coffee House on Royal Street where local patrons were served toddies made with Rye Whiskey and Peychaud’s Bitters. The libation became known as the “Sazerac” and America’s first branded cocktail was born. This is the whiskey that started it all.” Sazerac is bottled at 90 proof and costs around $30.
Nose – Apricot blended with rye spice. Also in there are citrus, vanilla, and touch of peppermint.
Palate – Surprisingly floral. Traditional caramel and vanilla show up nicely along raisin and the apricot from the nose. Rye spices makes a quick appearance and the beginning the finish before shifting into more of a dark fruit. Finish is on the shorter side of medium.
Score – B
Verdict – A well composed classic rye whiskey. Hits the sweet and spicy notes very well. There is a reason it is considered a classic in the genre. This is one that everyone should try at some point.