Colonel E.H. Taylor Single Barrel

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Intro: From 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.

Review: The nose…the wife said citrus…I agree. The perfect balance of musty notes from the rickhouse, if you have ever been into the OFC rickhouse, you will know, it is amazing…heaven on earth! Zero fumes on the nose, just a sweet vanilla and honey note.

The first sip…even though it is supposed to be the cleaning sip…the finish blows your pallet away with sweet notes and the finish is my all time favorite…grassy notes! Second sip…wait… pizza is burning, gonna be right back…

…alright…before I eat that…back to the bourbon…

Oh man, the finish on the second sip is just more of the same! How can this exist? It’s no Sazerac 18…but it is so close! I know, I know, its a huge difference in mash bills but the notes that come through for me are perfection. Sweetness, vanilla, a hint of maybe some chocolate…the amazing grassy field note…like sweet corn on the cob with butter! Third sip…zero…zero burn…the profile doesn’t change as you go through the finish. I love it! Forth sip…warm mouth feel…sweetness…it’s the best bottled in bond product on the market, hands down!

Is it worth the $? If you can’t tell by now…well yes it is! I think my bottles were in the $60-$80 variety. If you don’t want to pay for Pappy…buy this one! You will not regret it!