American Whiskey - Bourbon

Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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

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Tier 1
This is a Tier 1 score in the Whiskey category. It means the spirit has won the highest recommendation at least once and probably many times.
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Awards

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2013
  • 2015

Beverage Testing Institute

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Wine Enthusiast

  • 2012

Proof66 Notes

Colonel EH Taylor Small Batch bourbon is the first of the line of Taylor whiskeys. Sour mash usually refers to preserving yeast from the prior fermentation to use in the next; the marketing site suggests that their mash is "soured" for "days prior to distillation" through a patented technique.

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This bottle has 7 ratings and 6 reviews.
BDanner BDanner (272)
Rating: 5.0 (2016-10-13)
THIS Colonel actually makes something that is "finger lickin' good"! Hard to find but definitely worth the hunt and the $40 price tag. Great deep bronze color with a nose of toffee, toasted marshmallow and oak. On the palate it's a perfect balance of thick and oily, sweet and spicy. Great notes of vanilla, cinnamon and dried peaches on entry, transitioning to rye spice with leather and oak. Nice warming, tingling finish. If you're in the mood for a little less spice, add a splash to tame the rye and bring out a rich dark chocolate note. Cranecreek hit the nail right on the head when he called this one a "Fireplace Bourbon". This one was made to enjoy while contemplating the mysteries of life by the fireplace or campfire. And with the great looking bottle and cardboard tube, this is a bourbon you can gift or share on a holiday or special occasion without breaking the bank. Don't need decimal points for this one. It's a definite 5 Star.
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Review Comments
KaiserSoze (2016-11-06):
Still trying to get my hands on a bottle. Both this and Weller 12 are next to impossible to find now in Michigan (or at least close to me).

Cranecreek (2016-11-29):
I have not had the single barrel-a bit above what I like to spend. On a site called "Breakingbourbon.com" under (face offs) there is a comparison on this Col. vs SB along with others. At $40 point, this is my favorite of all bourbons.

BDanner (2016-11-29):
I find Breaking Bourbon very informative. Wish they posted with a little more frequency, though.

mynoseknows mynoseknows (36)
Rating: 4.0 (2016-06-11)
Excellent Bottle. Hard to find. More spice than sweet. I finished. I would buy and drink anytime.
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Cranecreek Cranecreek (158)
Rating: 5.0 (2016-01-27)
This bourbon has a lot going for it. It is "bottled in bond" which right away gives you some guarantees. Made by only one distiller with a Master Distiller in charge. It's got to be 100 proof and "straight". This E. H. Taylor has a beautiful Mahogany color and a great nose. I refer to these rich complex bourbons as "Fireplace Bourbons" A bourbon to be sipped and savored at length. A just right mouth feel with tastes of Gingerbread-heavy cream-rum soaked fruitcake-freshly waxed leather and a hint of spicy cigar box. And this whiskey delivers all of that without seeming sweet. Superb balance of flavors and aromas. If my limit was $40 and my goal was to buy the best bourbon I could at that price then this Colonel E. H. Taylor "Small Batch" would be my choice without hesitation.
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Review Comments
BDanner (2016-10-13):
Finally opened my bottle a couple nights ago. Agree with everything you just said. And I'm probably stealing the phrase "Fireplace Bourbon". That hits the nail right on the head with this one.

Gammonator Gammonator (20)
Rating: 4.0 (2016-01-10)
Top shelf bourbon, need to try it. But if you can try Taylor Single Barrel.
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Muncher Muncher (584)
Rating: 5.0 (2014-04-27)
Excellent bourbon. It's right in there with Knob Creek, Evan Williams SB Vintage, and Willett Pot Still Reserve. More rich and sweet with the spiciness rather than dry and subtle. If you like a full flavored bourbon that you can almost chew than this is your bottle. Now I'm going to have to pony up some more nickels so I can try some of the Colonel's pricier offerings.
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NeatPour NeatPour (340)
Rating: 4.0 (2013-10-26)
4.5, buy it if you can find it. Awesome classic spicy bourbon body similar to Willet but elevated and the finish gears down gently... It's epic and in a special class of bourbon.
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