Bourbon Whiskey Review
Colonel EH Taylor Jr
From the Distillery Website
Distillery Website and Tasting Notes
As founding father of the bourbon industry, Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr. left an indelible legacy. His dedication to distilling began at the close of the Civil War when he purchased O.F C. Distillery. There, he developed innovative techniques that are still in use today. Made by hand, this Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey has been aged inside century old warehouses constructed by E.H. Taylor, Jr. Barrels are evaluated and selected to create a perfect blend of distinctive character that is like no other. This bourbon is a true sipping bourbon that honors the uncompromising legacy of E.H. Taylor, Jr
Tastes of caramel corn sweetness, mingled with butterscotch and licorice. The aftertaste is a soft mouth-feel that turns into subtle spices of pepper and tobacco.
WhiskyResource Website Note:
The Age is estimated to be between 6-8 Years. We use the lower end to calculate the value score.
The Mashbill is unknown, however the Rye content is rumoured to be around 10%
The value price is based on a 750ml bottle as this product is not intended for the UK market.
We review Colonel EH Taylor Jnr, Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon. We choose a sample of this bourbon from the Drinks by the Dram selection at Master of Malt, having an average price of £95.03 explains a little why we took this decision, after all its not a cheap bottle.
Its distilled by the Sazerac company at the Buffalo Trace Distillery, bottled chill filtered it has a decent strength of 50% ABV and as required for bourbon remains natural colour. With an age between 6-8 years old, it achieves a modest 83 out of a possible 100 for it value score, we use the lower end of the age range when scoring.
So whats it like? On the nose it is unsuprisingly very 'bourbony', is that an actual word? but bury you nose in the glass and you gets notes of Oak, caramel, a fruit sweetness of apple and some cinnamon combine to create the sense of a warming spiced apple pie which has been baked a little too long. Some esters and varnishes present giving a slightly chemical smell to the mix.
On the palate the apple is lost, it starts briefly sweet, but this is all too soon handed over to the dominant bitter and spice of the the virgin american oak. Cinnamon appears on the spice quite early on with a dark treacle toffee with notes of burnt sugar and charcoal. The alcohol at 50% is hidden quite well, you would not think this was a higher than normal ABV.
With the addition of water the Apple is subdued and citrus appears, the nose becomes more like a freshly varnished piece of wood.
On the palate with reduction, the oak is more intense but the burnt notes die away, if possible it is more drying.
We like the alcohol strength of this one on paper, however in practice it is lost.
Would we buy a bottle, in short NO. We wouldn't buy it even at half off the £95 aveage price. While it still tastes like a decent bourbon, for our senses, there isn't enough going on to justify the price. It is definitely worth trying and im sure Bourbon enthusiasts would love a bottle of this, but for us, it doesnt quite hit the mark, we give it an overall score of 85 out of 100.