EH Taylor Single Barrel Review [In Depth}
EH Taylor Single Barrel Review
EH Taylor Single Barrel Details
Distillery: Buffalo Trace
Type & Region: Bourbon, Kentucky, USA
Composition: Mash #1, speculated to be 75% corn, 10% rye, 15% barley
Aged: NAS, but rumored to be ~7 years
Price: $60-75 MSRP (750mL), $150+ secondary
From the Buffalo Trace website:
“Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr. is widely considered one of the founding fathers of the bourbon industry, fighting for the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897, nearly three decades after he purchased what is now called Buffalo Trace Distillery. During his time, Taylor implemented several innovative methods still used today, including climate controlled aging warehouses. E.H. Taylor, Jr. Single Barrel is aged exclusively in Warehouse C, which was built by Taylor in 1881 and proven to be an excellent aging warehouse. Each barrel is hand-picked and Bottled in Bond at 100 proof to honor its namesake.”
EH Taylor Single Barrel Overview
EH Taylor Single Barrel (E.H. stands for Edmund Haynes) is a bourbon from Buffalo Trace’s EH Taylor product line that uses the low-rye mash #1, also used for bourbons such as Eagle Rare 10 and Stagg Jr.
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EH Taylor Single Barrel Smell
EH Taylor Single Barrel starts off with nice blend of honey, baked bread, vanilla, and light apples, raisins, and grapes, like a lightly sweetened bread stuffed with fruits. Black pepper, citrus, and grass with a light underlying wood note round it out, bringing a bright and refreshing pine and lemon scent to my nose, accentuated by the bright and generally moderate, but occasionally sharp, alcohol.
EH Taylor Single Barrel Taste & Aftertaste
Moderately strong honey sweetness with fruits, freshly ground black pepper, clove, and charred oak initially cover my taste buds. The black pepper and cloves poke my tongue from time to time, a little surprising given that there’s not much wood on the nose.
EH Taylor Single Barrel Rating
EH Taylor Single Barrel is very good and enjoyable, but doesn’t blow me away. It’s a frosted cinnamon bun with fruit slices, the bourbon equivalent of Auntie Anne’s (that’s a compliment). While the scents are pleasant and inviting, I wish the flavors could have been a little sweeter and fruitier, and less peppery.
My recommendation: look for the cheaper and likely more consistent EH Taylor Small Batch. Booker’s also offers a more complex, albeit radically different, experience and can often be had for under $60.
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