Tasting Notes for Colonel E. H. Taylor Single Barrel Bourbon
Nose: Some pretty spicy notes, rich with oak. It's cooled down with fruity figs and plums.
Taste: Sweet and buttery, with a surprising hint of orange peel. Some tobacco smokiness follows.
Finish: Very long indeed, the tobacco notes in full effect.
Overall: That Colonel E.H. Taylor sure knew what he was doing, and the distillers of this single barrel bourbon definitely do too. Simply fantastic.
Named for Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor - a staunch supporter of the 1897 Bottled in Bond Act and bottled in Bond in his honour, meaning it must be the product on one distiller, in one distillery, stored in a government bonded warehouse, bottled at exactly 100 proof (50% abv) and aged for at least 4 years.
E.H. Taylor, Jr. Single Barrel is a gem in the E.H. Taylor family. It has a great balance of flavor and complexity, using every bit of its 50%abv to pull out just the right amount of intensity of flavors in each sip. The Single Barrel release is made with specially selected barrel exclusively aged in Warehouse C, which Taylor built himself in 1881! What a guy.
A lot! Here are some recent ones:
2020 Gold Medal - San Francisco World Spirits Competition
2020 Gold Medal - World Whiskies Awards
2019 Gold Medal - New York World Spirits Competition
2019 Gold Medal - Whiskies of the World
2019 Gold Medal - North American Bourbon & Whiskey Competition
2019 Double Gold Medal - San Francisco World Spirits Competition
2018 Gold Medal - The Fifty Best Bourbons 2018
On February 12, 1830, Edmund Haynes Taylor Jr. — widely considered the father of modern bourbon — was born in Columbus, Kentucky. Orphaned as a baby, Taylor was adopted by Edmund Haynes Taylor, Sr., and was raised in Louisiana by his great-uncle, Zachary Taylor (who would later become the twelfth President of the United States). After attending Boyer's French School in New Orleans, Taylor moved back to Kentucky and matriculated from the B. B. Sayer's Academy. Following in the footsteps of his father, Taylor became involved in banking and came to the aid of several Kentucky distilleries that were suffering from Reconstruction.
In 1869, Taylor purchased a small distillery situated on the banks of the Kentucky River. After christening the distillery OFC Distillery (OFC was an abbreviation for Old Fire Copper), Taylor began renovating and modernizing the plant — he purchased copper fermentation tanks, new grain grinding equipment and unique, columnar stills. During his tenure, Taylor also implemented several innovative distilling techniques, including aging whiskey in climate-controlled rickhouses.
At the time, an overwhelming number of distilleries were still not aging their whiskey. In order to make their spirits palatable, some distillers and retailers added juices and syrups to sweeten the whiskey, while others added acid and tobacco to give the whiskey its signature, amber hue.
Armed with distilling experience and a political pedigree, Taylor, together with Treasury Secretary John G. Carlisle, was instrumental in passing the Bottled-In-Bond Act of 1897 (27 C.F.R. 5.21). The act required that any spirit labeled as "Bonded"or "Bottled-in-Bond" be the product of one distiller at one distillery during one distillation season. In addition, the Act required that bonded spirits be aged in a federally bonded warehouse under U.S. government supervision for at least four years and bottled at 100 proof.
Named in honor of Taylor, Colonel E.H. Taylor Straight Rye Whiskey is made from a mash of rye and malted barley. No corn is used in the production of the rye, and, as a result, it has notes of dark spices that are well-balanced with caramel undertones. Bottled in bond at 100 proof, the rye has a dry and oaky finish, that lingers with notes of cinnamon and vanilla.
Each bottle of Colonel E.H. Taylor Jr. Straight Rye Whiskey is packaged behind a vintage label and inside a canister reminiscent of the bottles Taylor used over one hundred years ago.
Pick up a bottle of history and pay homage to the father of modern whiskey today!
Producer Buffalo Trace Distillery Style Single Barrel Bourbon Age No age statement Volume 75CL ABV 50% (100 proof)