Category Archives: Rye Whiskey

Thomas H. Handy

rye whiskey BTAC Thomas HandyThis uncut and unfiltered straight rye whiskey is part of Buffalo Trace’s popular Antique Collection (BTAC) and although it is still hard to get a bottle, it is generally easier to find than the other offerings in the BTAC lineup. That said, you will need to work for this bottle.  It’s rare to wander into a store and find this on the shelf.  It is typically reserved in back rooms for well known customers, included in rare whiskey raffles, or posted on Facebook and sold immediately.  They generally release between 8,000 – 11,000 bottles a year, allocated by state and then distributed to retailers.  Some states and retailers hold on to the bottles until Pappy releases and then offer them for sale to Pappy raffle winners.  Early release bottles (2006 – 2008) and the 2013 world whiskey of the year winner tend to be the most prized in this lineup.

Producer’s Description: Named after the New Orleans bartender who first used rye whiskey in the Sazerac Cocktail, this uncut and unfiltered Straight Rye Whiskey is bottled directly from the barrel, just as it was over a century ago. Full of rich flavors, this authentic American rye whiskey is a symbol of the timeless history of New Orleans and the legacy of Thomas H. Handy.

Producer:  Buffalo Trace Distillery
Release Category: Premium, Limited-Edition
Release Frequency: Annual
Releases to Date:  10
Release Season:  Fall
Release Volume:  8,000 – 11,000 bottles annually
Release Region: Primarily US
Sell Out Timeframe:  Immediate (usually waiting list or lottery, but occasionally shows up for sale in some smaller stores)
Bottle Size:  750ml
Nickname: THH, “Handy”
Avg. Price Retail:  $100
Avg. Price Among Whiskey Traders:  $175 – $250
Avg. Price on Secondary Market:  $250+
Trading Value:  High

Releases
2016 – 11,945 bottles produced  (release letter)
2015 – 10,825 bottles produced (est.); 4,000 – 5,000 bottles remaining (est)
2014 – 8,304 bottles produced (est.); 4,000 – 5,000 bottles remaining (est)
2013 – 8,364 bottles produced (est.); 2,000 – 2,500 bottles remaining (est)
2012 – 8,688 bottles produced (est); 1,000 – 1,500 bottles remaining (est)
2011 – 7,332 bottles produced (est.); 750 – 1,250 bottles remaining (est)
2010 – 10,704 bottles produced (est); 750 – 1,250 bottles remaining (est)
2009 – 9,408 bottles produced (est); 250 – 750 bottles remaining (est)
2008 – 4,080 bottles produced (est); < 100 bottles remaining (est)
2007 – 3,372 bottles produced (est); < 100 bottles remaining (est)
2006 – 4,464 bottles produced (est); < 100 bottles remaining (est)

Awards
2014 World’s Best Rye Whiskey – World Whiskies Awards
2014 Best American Rye Whiskey – World Whiskies Awards
2014 Gold Medal, American Rye Whiskey 7 Years and Under – World Whiskies Awards
2013 World Whisky of the Year – Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible
2013 Rye Whisky of the Year – Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible
2013 Best Rye – No Age Statement – Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible
2013 Liquid Gold Award – Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible
2012 Rye of the Year – Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible`
2012 Rye of the Year – No Age Statement – Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible
2012 Gold Medal – 94 rating – BTI International Review of Spirits
2011 Double Gold Medal – Best Rye Whiskey – Best in Show – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
2011 Excellent
2011 Gold Medal – International Wine & Spirits Competition
2011 Whisky Advocate Magazine rating: 93
2010 Double Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
2010 Excellent-Strong Recommendation – Ultimate Spirits Challenge
2009 Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
2008 Double Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
2008 Gold Medal – Best in Class – International Wine & Spirits Competition
2007 Double Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
2007 Gold Medal – Best in Class – International Wine & Spirits Competition

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