Sazerac 18 Year (2020)


Classification: Straight Rye

Company: Sazerac Company

Distillery: Buffalo Trace

Release Date: September 2020 (Annual release)

Proof: 90

Age: 18 Years

Mashbill: Undisclosed

Color: Light Copper

MSRP: $99 (2020)

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Summer fruits | Apricot | Baking spice | Rye spice | Aged oak | Light overall intensity | Classic Sazerac 18 nose


Aged oak | Cherry | Musty | Caramel | Buttery mouthfeel


Rye pop with lasting intensity | Cinnamon | Allspice | Brown sugar | Musty oak


The 5th release since the last of the legendary tanked batch, this year's Sazerac 18 echoes the tanked batch's greatness. At 18 years old, aged oak is the highlight, though it's surprisingly mild in intensity. A playful mix of sweet and spicy notes play their part in keeping the oak in check, and at times even overpower it. This is the most notable difference compared to the tanked batch, which is more complex and oak forward throughout than the 2020 release. Still, while it does not live up to its former greatness, this might be the closest Buffalo Trace has come yet to matching it.

The sample used for this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy its respective company. We thank them for allowing us to review it with no strings attached.
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Written By: Nick Beiter

September 15, 2020
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