Sazerac Rye Whiskey

Sazerac Rye Whiskey bottle

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Sazerac Rye Whiskey

Sazerac Rye Whiskey is a 90-proof whiskey produced by Buffalo Trace Distillery.

This whiskey was first released in 2006, but the Sazerac name goes back several hundred years. The Sazerac family began producing cognac in France in 1782, which became the spirit of choice and namesake for America’s first cocktail, the Sazerac. In 1885, there was a shortage of French brandy and cognac, and American rye whiskey began to be used by bartenders in its place.

As of 2020, a small amount of Sazerac Rye is distilled on the 500-gallon still at Sazerac House in New Orleans. That whiskey is then aged at Buffalo Trace before returning to Louisiana for bottling at Sazerac House.1Press Release: Sazerac House Now Bottling Limited Quantities of Sazerac Rye

In addition to sharing a name with Buffalo Trace’s parent company, Sazerac Rye has two siblings in the distillery’s lineup, both in the Antique Collection and produced from the same mashbill: Sazerac Rye 18 Year-Old and Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye.