Bourbon Breakdown: E.H. Taylor Bourbon

September 9, 2021

For Buffalo Trace, a distillery with over 200 years of whiskey making, the E.H. Taylor Bourbon brand is a fairly recent addition. First introduced in 2013 and, like many iconic brands in the Buffalo Trace portfolio, it is named after an important figure in its history: Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. In fact, Taylor is considered one of the founding fathers of the bourbon industry. Many of his innovative techniques are still in use today.

Significantly, Taylor was instrumental in getting the Bottled-in-Bond Act passed in 1897. As a result, you’ll find that most of the E.H. Taylor Bourbon bottlings are bottled-in-bond releases.

Below we’ll go over the core E.H. Taylor bourbon bottlings which are released on an ongoing basis. Of course there have been several limited edition releases which were one-and-done like Cured Oak, Seasoned Wood and Amaranth. If you see them out in the wild and have the means — and budget — purchase them. You won’t be disappointed. But as we mentioned in our previous Buffalo Trace Bourbon Breakdown, the demand for most of the distillery’s whiskeys have made its prices skyrocket. Keep that in mind as you note the average US price for each bottling.

E.H. Taylor Jr. Small Batch Bourbon

First released in 2013, this small batch bourbon is a bottled-in-bond release.

What to Know:

Like all E.H. Taylor Bourbon bottlings, it is made with Buffalo Trace’s low-rye mash bill #1 recipe (corn, rye, malted barley). It was aged in Warehouse C which was built by Taylor in 1881.

What Our Experts Think It Tastes Like:

Think vanilla, chocolate with hints of tobacco and Red Hots.

Avg US Price: $118
ABV: 50%
Community Rating: 4.15 out of 5 stars (5,251 Ratings)

e.h. taylor bourbon: small batchE.H. Taylor Jr. Small Batch Bourbon /Photo Credit: Buffalo Trace

E.H. Taylor Jr. Single Barrel Bourbon

As is the nature of single barrel releases, the flavor from one barrel to the next will vary.

What to Know:

This too is a bottled-in-bond release and therefore is bottled at 100 proof. Many of the barrels selected for release are aged in Warehouse C.

Avg US Price: $306
ABV: 50%
Community Rating: 4.25 out of 5 stars (1,693 Ratings)

e.h. taylor bourbon: single barrelE.H. Taylor Jr. Single Barrel Bourbon /Photo Credit: Buffalo Trace

E.H. Taylor Jr. Barrel Proof Bourbon

These barrel proof bourbons are bottled uncut and unfiltered direct from the barrel.

What to Know:

Since the requirements for a bottled-in-bond release limit the proof to 100, these don’t have that designation. As they are batched bourbons, the proof will vary but will be 125 and higher.

What Our Experts Think It Tastes Like:

A heavyweight champ of a whiskey; dried oak notes, with tangy red berries, apples and molasses.

Avg US Price: $754
ABV: 62-68%
Community Rating: 4.32 out of 5 stars (771 Ratings)

e.h. taylor bourbon: barrel proofE.H. Taylor Jr. Barrel Proof Bourbon /Photo Credit: Buffalo Trace

Another Bourbon Brand to Know:

O.F.C. Vintage Bourbon

There is a relationship between the E.H. Taylor bourbon brand and the limited edition O.F.C. Vintage Bourbon collection. It was Col. E.H. Taylor Jr. who named a distillery the O.F.C. Distillery in 1870 which today is known as Buffalo Trace. Indeed, the distillery’s initials represent “Old Fashioned Copper” and refer to Taylor’s knowledge of the importance of copper’s role in the whiskey making process.

Notably, these vintage-dated bourbons bear the date of distillation and are aged over 20 years. These rare bourbons are released annually in limited quantities. And although the latest 1995 vintage had a suggested retail price of $2,500 upon release, the average retail price in the US is upwards of $7,000.

e.h. taylor bourbon: o.f.c. bourbonO.F.C Vintage Bourbon /Photo Credit: Buffalo Trace


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