The first sip is a tidal wave of viscous and oily caramel, vanilla, apple, apricot, oak, cinnamon, light roasted coffee, cinnamon, thyme, rosemary, dill, and alcohol. This is intense, flavorful, and oh so hot. The dense earthy and vegetal notes are reminiscent of 25-30% rye bourbons packed in with the same viscosity and oiliness of George T Stagg. It’s densely fruity as well, but the sweet, earthy, and vegetal notes lead the charge, as does the heat. The 65.15% ABV is borderline overpowering and needs a lot of time to air-out, but also adds a lot of oomph for me to process along with the viscous flavors.
After “chewing”, I taste a blast of intense, viscous, and dark honey, apple, apricot, dried dark berries, dates, oak, thyme, rosemary, caraway seed, cinnamon, nutmeg, cocoa powder, and vanilla. The apple, citrus, date, and peach lend more fruity depth and character to the very vegetal and earthy flavors, while the roasted oak adds to the overarching darkness. I still can’t get over how much thyme, rosemary, and caraway seed are here; and the flavors are so viscous, oily, and hot that it makes every single sip a lot to process. It’s amazing and insane. EH Taylor Barrel Proof is truly an explosion of flavor and oils that coat every inch of my mouth. It’s overwhelms and beats me up, and I admit that I like it.
The finish is packed with viscous oils, honey, dried citrus, oak tannins, rosemary, thyme, and licorice. As sweet as it is, it’s also very earthy, oaky, and dry, leaving enduring dry and oily sensations. With “chewing” it’s vegetal and sweet from honey, rosemary, thyme, oak tannins, dried citrus, and a little licorice with a long lingering alcohol tingle and oiliness. Over time it fades into this sweet, savory, and citrusy date note that lingers for ages and makes my mouth water a lot. The finish is excellent and intriguing.