Sazerac 6 Year Old Review
The Sazerac 6 Year Rye Whiskey or “baby Saz” is distilled and bottled by the Buffalo Trace Distillery. It’s known as baby Saz because of its famed older brother and member of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, Sazerac 18. While current bottling’s of Sazerac 18 are not distilled by Buffalo Trace (yet) the mashbills are very similar if not exact. The rye mashbill used in baby Saz is approximately 51% rye, 39% corn and 10% malt.
Unlike the growing trend of high rye whiskeys in the market today Sazerac 6 is a “low rye” rye whiskey. Meaning, Sazerac 6 is only 51% rye, just barely meeting the requirement for the “straight rye” designation. Because of the higher corn content Sazerac 6 has a sweeter and fruitier flavor.
Now for the review:
Nose: A fruity spice like a spiced apple cider. Cloves, sweet corn and a little bit of tobacco.
Taste: Medium sweet. There’s a honey and mint taste. A lot of spice (cinnamon, cloves, pepper). I get a somewhat surprising corn flake taste. This is probably due to the 39% corn in the mashbill.
Finish: Fairly quick but a lot of flavor on the finish with some nice woody notes.
Overall: For the price this is a very tasty whiskey. I would go as far to say that it is the best best rye whiskey under $40. It’s always tough rating a younger version of a whiskey (a la Stagg jr.) because there’s usually no way for them to live up. However, baby Saz does a pretty good job of holding its own at just 6 years old.