Monday, March 28, 2016

E.H. Taylor Jr. Small Batch Bourbon

Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr. is a legend in the bourbon industry. His legacy began at O.F.C. aka Old Fire Copper distillery (which is now Buffalo Trace). A man of many talents, he was a strong advocate of the Bottled-in-Bond Act, and along with George T Stagg, grew the  distillery that makes some of my favorite bourbons to this day. This small batch bourbon is one of many releases in the E.H. Taylor line, so keep an eye out for future reviews, including the E.H. Taylor barrel proof, rye, cured oak, and single barrel. 

-Bottled in Bond, No Age Statement
-100 proof 
-Price: $40

Nose: Caramel candy is the initial scent that floats out of my glass. Vanilla wafers and green apple follow along with a subtle herbal bouquet. 

Taste: A soft mouth-feel with burnt sugars and sweet corn. Subtle spices of black pepper and tobacco combine with a gentle juicy fruit gum note to add an unique depth of flavor. 

Finish: A short, warming finish with subtle spice and toasted oak.

Conclusion: I am a huge fan of these bottled in bond bourbons. This is a sweet, well balanced whiskey with a unique character. At $40 a bottle, I would rather spend some extra cash and grab the E.H. Taylor Single Barrel or Barrel Proof expression, but this is still a good bottle and is worth a try.

My Rating:  B (Good)

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The Quiet Man Single Malt Irish Whiskey

In honor of the upcoming holiday I wanted to step outside my comfort zone and review an Irish whiskey! Bottled in Derry, Ireland and imported by Luxco, this single malt was released in February 2016, aged in oak for 8 years and finished in first fill bourbon barrels. 

-8 years old, single malt Irish whiskey
-80 proof 
-Finished in first fill bourbon barrels
-Price: $50

Nose: A sharp aroma full of floral notes and sparkling apple cider. A bouquet of liquid smoke follows to create a gentle balance. 

Taste: Applesauce, banana, and honey are easily identified on the palate. There is a nice balance of sweet and pepper spice, followed by wood chips and a thick liquid smoke. 

Finish: Mellow with a sweet, smooth finish. 

Conclusion: While light, there are a variety of flavors to enjoy. The sweet and spicy notes combine for a well balanced pour. I don't plan on reviewing other Irish whiskey in the future, but this almost makes me want to. 
I hope you enjoy the review, and have a happy St. Patrick’s Day!

My Rating:   (Good)