Holy moly! It’s an 18 year old Sazerac 2001 BTAC! The year 2000 was the first year that Buffalo Trace released their Antique Collection, making this the second Sazerac BTAC ever to hit the sghelfs. It was distilled in 1983. We specifically like the text on the back label, which is a great story of bourbon history:
The famed Sazerac Coffee House was founded in 1850 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Although styled a ‘Coffee House’, it was, in fact, a saloon (in those days saloons did not go by such cride designations). The Sazerac Coffee House soon gained fame as the home of the Sazerac: ‘America’s First Cocktail’. The house would buy straight rye whiskey from Kentucky and ship it on flatboats. Antoine Amedie Peychaud, the credited inventor of the Sazerac, would add to the rye whiskey his proprietary Peychaud’s Bitters, Herbsaint Absinthe Liqueur and a lump of sugar… and so was born the classic Sazerac Cocktail.
The family owned Sazerac Company has since become the proud owner of the original Kentucky distillery that supplied that rye whiskey to the Sazerac Coffee House and is, after 110-year absence, pleased to bring you Sazerac 18 Year Old Rye Whiskey. Sazerac 18 Year Old Straight Rye demonstrates a sophistication and style that is second to none. A hearty whiskey with a strong body, a mellow spice and a sry sweetness that dances on the tongue, it is the only 18 year old whiskey worthy of the Sazerac name.