Thursday, December 8, 2016

E.H. Taylor Single Barrel Bourbon

When I see E.H. Taylor bourbons, the first thing that comes to mind is the Bottled in Bond Act of 1897. As an early bourbon pioneer, Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor was an advocate of higher standards in the bourbon industry and Buffalo Trace has honored him with this fine line of whiskeys. As other reviews of the brand can attest, I have yet to try a disappointing E.H. Taylor product, and I have high expectations for this single barrel expression.

-100 proof
-No Age Statement
-Price: $55

Nose: The mixtures of scents epitomize that of a milk chocolate candy bar. There’s a heavy caramel, cream, and toffee influence. The aroma is complex, yet balanced. It's nutty, and has layers of black pepper and dusty oak.

Taste: Initial blasts of caramel are joined by marshmallow fluff and peanuts. A sharp, rye spice sparks the mid palate and is backed with leather and oak tannins.  

Finish: Medium in length with a balanced sweet, yet spicy dryness.

Conclusion:  I like to call E.H. Taylor whiskey “good stuff” bourbon, because it’s always good stuff. This Single Barrel fits right between the Small Batch and Barrel Proof offerings in terms on quality. The flavors fuse together well without overpowering one another. At the price, it’s hard to find many better options.

My Rating:  B+ (Very Good) 

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