Tuesday, October 11, 2016

E.H. Taylor Jr. Barrel Proof Bourbon

When you spot green text on an E.H. Taylor Jr. label,  it's bottled directly from the barrel, uncut and unfiltered. The first batch of E.H. Taylor Barrel Proof bourbon appeared in 2012, with subsequent batches being released every year at a different proof. Buffalo Trace has rightfully immortalized E.H. Taylor with this premium line of whiskeys. 

-135.4 proof (Batch 2, 2013)
-No Age Statement
-Price: $69

Nose: So potent you can practically taste the flavors. Raisins and plum collide with a whiff of citrus. A bouquet of sweetness stands out, with vanilla icing, brown sugar, and marshmallows. A complexity is realized with the addition of toffee, cinnamon sticks, pepper spice, and barrel char. 

Taste: A deliciously thick mouthfeel with an indomitable heat; new bourbon drinkers beware! The citrus springs to life and meets the sweetness head on. It's buttery, its toasty- reminiscent of cinnamon toast crunch cereal. There is corn, marshmallow, and maple. The brown sugar is balanced by sharp cutting baking spice and oak.

Finish: Spicy with a delicate balance of sweetness and oak. The heat seems permanently saturated in my chest. 

Conclusion:  There is nothing junior about this E.H. Taylor bourbon. Tons of flavors, tons of character, and a decent price tag. All hail the green text! 
My Rating:  A+ (Great) 
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  1. You guys hit the nail on the head. EHTBP is incredible juice. Would you say that it's better than the Blanton's Straight from the Barrel? IMHO both should be part of the BTAC.

  2. It is no doubt that both are incredible bourbons! I'd give the slightest edge to the Blanton's Straight From the Barrel- the 2013 bottle we reviewed was fantastic.

    1. Agreed. My first bottle of BSFTB was also bottled in 2013 and weighed in at 132.7 proof. It was incredible. EHTBP is more fruit forward and doesn't quite have the same depth as the Blanton's.