Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Barrel Proof Bourbon
Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. // Kentucky, USA
Born before the Civil War, Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor Jr. is known for being the owner of the Old Fire Copper distillery, which would ultimately become part of Buffalo Trace. This beast of a bourbon, named in his honor, is composed of whiskeys aged in a warehouse he built and bottled at over 65%.
BourbonProduced anywhere in USA; Mash bill of at least 51% corn; aged in new, charred oak containers.
Cask Typenew, charred American oak
"This whiskey’s got all the makings of a heavyweight champ—strength, determination and a whole lotta braggadocio. But as the Champion of the World himself, Mohammad Ali, once said: “It ain’t bragging if it’s true.” The wood in the nose comes on strong, with dried oak notes so intense, you can practically hear the thuds of barrels being rolled around in the dim, dusty aging warehouse. This unfiltered whiskey is tough-talking, aggressive and it’s not putting on any niceties for anyone. On impact, it knocks you hard with fiery black pepper notes. Clearly there’s a lot of rye in this fighter’s DNA. Egg it on with a bit of water and you can uncover a bit of a softer side—tangy red berries and vanilla on the nose; apple and molasses pushing through the layers of oaky flavors. But the dry heat wins in the end. This bourbon doesn't retreat willfully. But it puts on such a dynamic show, you can’t help but rev up for another round."