American Whiskey - Bourbon

Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey

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

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This score falls in the 95th percentile of all spirits in the Whiskey category and is an example of the very best in its class.
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Colonel EH Taylor Single Barrel bourbon is bottled at the historic "bottled-in-bond" 100 proof (as opposed to the much more common 80 proof - 90 proof). The bourbon is drawn from a particular hand-selected barrel (Warehouse C of Buffalo Trace, according to the marketing literature). The bottle itself is the original design while the bourbon itself is unfiltered.

Colonel EH Taylor bourbon is named for Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr who had a particular method for sour mash bourbon. It is a line of bourbons originating from the Buffalo Trace Distillery and owned by Sazerac.

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.

Rabble Reviews

This bottle has 5 ratings and 5 reviews.
Irishman Irishman (271) (2016-09-10)
I can't believe I haven't rated this one yet. We have a hole-in-the-wall pub down the road from us and I was incredibly amazed to find this bottle there. My favorite Colonel label is the Barrel Proof bottle and that one is still in my top 3 bourbons, but this one is isn't too far behind. It has a nice spice to it with a hint of sweet that builds quietly and slowly as you let it settle on ice. Muncher hit the nail on the head with the aroma having a bit of an "alcohol bite" to it, but other than that I have no complaints. The flavor profile is quite tasty and a credit to the Colonel line that I enjoy very much.
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quantumboy7 quantumboy7 (23) (2016-08-19)
One of my favorites, with the bonus of 100 proof. Sweet, with an earthy oak undertone. More complex than many. Stands up well to a cigar or pipe. I always want to have some on hand.
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Gammonator Gammonator (17) (2016-01-10)
5 stars and test compare to small batch Taylor which I would rate a 4 star.
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Muncher Muncher (263) (2015-09-26)
Being a fan of the bold and robust, this whiskey is right up my alley. The flavor is fantastic; it has a rye/char punch, buttery caramel sweetness, a little bit of citrus, and a hint of scotch like smokiness (unique, as I've never gotten that from anything outside of scotch whisky). Char, smoke, leather, and a hint of the caramel hang around pleasantly on the finish. I saved my 2 criticisms for last: the nose and the price. The nose isn't my favorite. It reminds me of a hotter, more alcoholic version of a Tennessee whisk(e)y (Dickel 12 perhaps). I paid about $65 for my bottle which I feel is about $20 too much for what you get. Overall, I enjoyed the bourbon though at it's current price I probably won't buy another bottle.
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NeatPour NeatPour (172) (2014-05-26)
4.4/5, one of the best readily available bourbons in my book. It's got some intensity and a nice balance of oak or yummy corn sweetness ( dark honey, molasses sort of thing). The finish is why I like it for all occasions. It's quite smooth and gentle at the end. Beginners will like! Maybe not enough complexity or intensity for booker, antique collection, rare breed crowd but when I go to a normal event with people who like bourbon this is usually my go to. Really great
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