Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Single Barrel Bourbon

A fast-baced Bourbon review – because I realise I haven’t reviewed all that much Bourbon, and each year there seems to be even more of the stuff about. This is my first attempt to rectify that. I’ve a few other samples to get to, but first up is Buffalo Trace Distillery’s Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Single Barrel Bourbon, which is 11 years (and 7 months) old. It’s named after a founding father of the bourbon industry.

Colour: Dark amber. On the nose: A rather earthy, pungent sweetness at first. Densely packed aromas, rather than a slap-you-silly sugar hit. Hits of creamy cheese – real light stuff.

In the mouth: you know, it’s not all that distant from a very sweet Scotch whisky, this one. There’s a complexity here that goes way beyond the initial oak and molasses. Of course, a bundle of intense chewy raisins. The oak spices that lead into a kind of tannin sensation. Lemon. Stewed fruits, blackberries, elderberries. A real vegetative note in the background. Whizz it around some more and some interesting aniseed notes whistle through. A curiously bitter finish that’s almost tobacco like. That bitterness isn’t quite integrated with the sweetness well enough for my particular tastes, but I can be a funny one at times.

You’d be looking to pay around $80 for that. I’m not quite sure if it’s available in the UK (free market, my arse).


I've written about (and reviewed) whisky for Whisky Magazine, among other publications, and have been a whisky judge for competitions including the World Whiskies Awards. I've done other writing too: several mass market genre novels, a few short stories, including for BBC Radio 4. For my day job (I know, I don't get out much) I work in digital marketing. Follow me on Instagram.com/maltreview/ or Twitter.com/MaltReview.

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