Colonel E.H. Taylor Single Barrel
Colonel E.H. Taylor Single Barrel is from a range of products crafted by Buffalo Trace Distillery. The full line up includes Small Batch Barrel Proof, Rye, Old Fashioned Sour Mash and the recent headline-making addition Four Grain.
Named after one of the founding fathers of the industry, Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor Jr, this single barrel offering is handpicked from Buffalo Trace’s Warehouse C. And bottled in bond to honour the great man. His first foray into the world of whiskey was as a banker assisting in the financial aspects of starting up and running distilleries. Around the 1870’s he took the plunge into owning a distillery and was the first to introduce copper fermenting equipment. Besides, a steam heating system still used today in modern warehousing.
He is perhaps more famously known as being one of the more active pursuers of pushing for the Bottled-In-Bond Act of 1897. This act would guarantee that American made whiskey would be at least 4 years old; Aged in a bonded warehouse under US Government supervision, be the product of one distillation season from one distillery and bottled at minimum proof of 100% (50% ABV). Some will argue that this is now an outdated stamp of approval as one of its main aims was to create a standard of quality for all to follow. And not allow the whiskey to be sold containing paint thinner and tobacco spit!
Nose: Some pretty spicy notes, rich with oak. It’s cooled down with fruity figs and plums.
Palate: Sweet and buttery, with a surprising hint of orange peel. Some tobacco smokiness follows.
Finish: Very long indeed, the tobacco notes in full effect.
Overall: That Colonel E.H. Taylor sure knew what he was doing, and the distillers of this single barrel bourbon definitely do too. Simply fantastic.
Awards for Colonel EH Taylor Single Barrel
This bourbon earned a score of 97 points at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge. 2 points higher than Pappy Van Winkle 23 Year Old Bourbon.
- 1st Place – Best Bourbon Whiskey – 2015 – International Whisky Competition
- 1st Place – Best Single Barrel Bourbon – 2015 – International Whisky Competition
- Winner – American Whiskey – Best Bourbon – 2014 – World Whiskies Awards
- Gold – Bourbon American Whiskey No Age Statement – 2014 – World Whiskies Awards
- Gold – Straight Bourbon 10 years old and under – 2019 – International Spirits Challenge