American Whiskey - Rye

Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Bottled in Bond Straight Rye Whiskey

From: Kentucky, United States Liquor Review Category: Rye American Whiskey

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San Francisco World Spirits Competition

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Colonel EH Taylor whiskeys are named for Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr who had a particular method for sour mash bourbon and eventually became owner of the Buffalo Trace Distillery, which is still in high regard and operating today and produces a line of whiskey in his honor. He was also a noteworthy politician who contributed the "bottled in bond" act 1897 specifying requirements for particular types of whiskey.

EH Taylor Rye whiskey attempts to distinguish itself by using a blend of rye and malted barley in its grain bill and avoids the more common corn. To our mind, this will give the whiskey a drier flavor with spicy notes... almost like a more robust Irish whiskey. The "bottled in bond" in the label is a credit to the "Bottled in Bond" act and qualifies from that century-old regulation--1) Distilled from a single distillery; 2) made in a single season; 3) aged in a bonded warehouse for at least 4 years; and 4) bottled at 100 proof. They suggest looking for notes of dried fruit, black pepper, and dill.

One doesn't often think of buffalo in Kentucky but the distillery takes its name from the buffalo path (or "trace") that led to the banks of the Kentucky River in Franklin County. Buffalo Trace Distillery takes pride in the limestone water (being notably free of iron) and good soil conditions for grain. The site has had a working distillery since 1787 but the official Buffalo Trace first began operation in 1857. It obtained one of only four permits offered during Prohibition to maintain production for "medicinal purposes." Today, the distillery sits on a picturesque 119 acres and produces several labels of bourbon. Buffalo Trace was named Distillery of the Year by the 2008 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. It was named a national historic landmark in 2013.

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This bottle has 2 ratings and 2 reviews.
Buck Mulligan Buck Mulligan (49) (2015-08-06)
Degbert nailed it with his review: the high rye flavor breaks through on the mid-palate and just sits there, lingering as long as a summers day. Not a burn or an unrefined rye bitter-tongue thing, but a wonderfully flavored, manly rye that pairs exquisitely with Carpano or neat. Fantastic.
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degbert degbert (147) (2012-09-12)
Amazing. Sweet and smoky, like barbecue or molasses -- and then the rye spice kicks in, and left me breathless. (In a good way, let me clarify.) I couldn't tell it was 100 proof. Limited production, so if you see it grab it.
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