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.