The most in-demand of the range that is allocated to Australia, this manages to balance the dryness of the rye and elegant moreish nature of the EH Taylor series.
Official tasting notes:
An altogether different recipe and profile than Sazerac Rye, this recipe contains just rye and malted barley, no corn. The result is an aroma full of dried fruit, black pepper, and touch of fresh dill. A small sip brings an array of flavours both sweet and savory with a terrific balance of dark spices and subtle caramel overtones. The finish is especially pleasing with an oaky dryness that lingers just long enough.
Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr. became involved in the bourbon industry following the Civil War when he purchased the O.F.C. (Old Fine Copper) Distillery. He had previously been involved with financing distilleries thanks to his experience as a banker but it was through his Leestown distillery site that his real impact would be felt. One of the most innovative distilleries of the time, upgrades brought in copper fermentation tanks, improved grain machinery, sour mash efficiencies and steam heating. The development of premium, consistent bourbons wasn’t his only impact though as Taylor had a big part in fighting for the Bottled In Bond Act of 1897.
At a time when flavoured alcohols were be passed off as cheaper alternatives to true bourbons, the Bottled In Bond Act ensured a stamp of quality on a bottle – four years maturation in a federally bonded warehouse, spirits distilled in a single distillation season and 100 proof (50% ABV).
The descendent of two former American Presidents, James Madison and Zachary Taylor, Taylor is held in a similar ilk by contemporary whiskey drinkers and the Bottled In Bond stamp he was so instrumental in remains an industry-wide stamp of quality.
- Buffalo Trace