Perhaps the truest example of the EH Taylor style, this single barrel release is a nod towards the innovation of Taylor back in the 1800s.
The casks for this release are selected from warehouse, which still utilise the climate control methods that the Colonel introduced during his lifetime via steam heating. Still carrying sweetness, the spice and tobacco notes tend to me more prominent on these powerful cask picks.
Official tasting notes:
The aroma carries lightly toasted oak, with dried figs and butterscotch. One sip brings flavours of sweetness balanced with tobacco and dark spices. The finish is just long enough to prepare the palette for another sip. The bottle itself is a likeness to Colonel Taylor's original design used over a century ago.
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