2013 Sazerac 18 Review

This is one of the five expressions released as part of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection (BTAC) each year. This is the 2013 release of the Sazerac 18 – an 18 year rye bottled at 45% ABV.

Nose: Very grain forward with massive rye up front followed by a damp, earthy oak with plums and blackberries.

Palate: Again, rye dominant with a bit of soapy/bitter oak.

Finish: Short, dry, and somewhat boring with the soapy notes lingering.

Rating: 84/100 – Like most older ryes, that soapy/bitter note that can appear sours it slightly for me.

Value for the money: BTAC is stupidly overpriced on the secondary, so I would avoid it on that front. These will go for $500+ on there. At retail ($99), it’s worth a buy if you can find one.

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