Sazerac Rye

The world of Bourbon has become crazy. The alphageek started a website to simply compile a list of what bourbons he had enjoyed, write a short review and maybe take a picture or two to remember. In the next few years, bourbon has become a crazy world of limited releases, raised prices and mediocre products commanding quite the pretty penny. I could write an entire article, or even a series of articles, on how the increased popularity of bourbon has changed my tastes, behaviors and what I am willing to try. Those thoughts are for another time.

Motivated by the craziness in the whiskey world, the alphageek picked up a bottle of Sazerac Rye at the Virginia ABC store. What was the motivation? Simple: the sign said limit one per customer and the price was reasonable by bourbon standards.

I took a look at the Virginia ABC web site while writing. The web site claims my bottle has aged 6 years. However, I can’t find an age statement so I am not sure the product I am reviewing is the same product on the web site. My bottle says 90 proof.

Sazerac Rye

I opened the bottle and found the aroma interesting. I got a spicy combination of oak and vanilla. Yes, I almost always get oak. I think other reviewers make stuff up better than I do. Remember, I promised my thoughts.

The first sip was an amazing, unique experience for a rye: a buttery, caramel flavor that is unique to this reviewer. As the rye rolled over the tongue, it became more complex with no burning. There is a body to this rye that most other whiskeys don’t have.

The sip went down easily, leaving a warm feeling, with no burning. It is hard to believe this is a 90 proof drink. It left me going “this is a rye”? I can see why this product is in limited release in Virginia ABC stores.

This rye is highly recommended. The alphageek is not usually a rye drinker, except in a Manhattan. Rye is too strong a drink to enjoy straight. That opinion changed with the Sazerac Rye.If you see some on the shelves, go pick it up.

If you have made it this far, a short word about the writings and the site is in order. To make writing as easy as possible, fancy stuff that was going in the background is no longer happening. I have decided to just post pictures and write. If you like what you read, please take a minute and share a link to this page somewhere interesting.

I am going to try to post more frequently again. I enjoy using the other side of my brain from time to time.

Jim Beam Bonded Bourbon

Bourbon is a popular commodity right now. Prices are rising through the roof and people just keep buying more and more bourbon. Several bottles at the local ABC store were recently moved into the back of the store. You have to know to ask. Sad that some of those are on this web site and I will never have them again, unless you want to buy me a bottle that has doubled in price in the last 5 years. Bourbon is great stuff, but prices like that are hard to justify.

In an effort to avoid these insane prices, the alphageek has started to try new bourbons. So far, this expansion of horizons has been a great journey into other bourbons that are a great buy. If the alphageek's tastebuds are an indication, you should go buy some of these new bottles and enjoy the profits down the road.

Today's entry is Jim Beam Bonded a moderately priced bourbon. It is popular, and at 100 proof it is right up the alphageek's alley. Let's see how the taste works out.


Nose A little apricot, not much wood and a lack of grain. At 100 proof, the smell is a little hot.

Pop A smooth entrance with a little heat. Again the heat is probably mostly the higher proof.

Body Mild burn, and lighter than the alphageek might prefer for a bourbon.

Finish At 100 proof, it goes down smoothly. The finish is the best part of the bourbon.

I added an ice cube and there was not much change in the review. Maybe the body was actually a little thicker.

This bourbon is a great pour at any price. Given that it is in the $25 price range, you should head out and add this to your liquor cabinet today.