Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bottled-In-Bond

April 14, 2017

Colonel E.H. Taylor (CEHT) is a brand made at the Buffalo Trace Distillery, one of the most respected distilleries in the market.  Off the top of my head, I don't think I've ever tasted a bad bourbon from them, this leaves high hopes for what's about to hit my lips.

 

The CEHT brand has been releasing some great limited releases mixed with their yearly offerings:

- Small Batch (Yearly)

- Single Barrel (Yearly)

- Barrel Proof (Yearly)

- Straight Rye (Yearly)
- Old Fashioned Sour Mash
- Warehouse C Tornado Surviving
- Cured Oak
- Seasoned Wood

- Four Grain (New Release this year)

 

We'll need to take a moment and appreciate the effort Buffalo Trace puts into this aspect of their business, as the brand itself, pays homage to a true pioneer in bourbon, Taylor, himself.  In the late 1800s, he's credited with pioneering climate-controlled aging, you have to respect a man that helps bring about consistency with bourbon!

 

 

 

 

 Age: No Age Statement.  Generally thought to be at about 7 years old.

 

Proof: Like all Bottled-In-Bond, 100.

 

Distillery: Buffalo Trace Distillery

 

Mashbill: Unknown.

 

Price I Paid: $38.99

 

Year Bourbon Was Released: 2016

 

 

Aroma:  From bottle to nose, the initial smell is heavily overpowered by alcohol.  After letting it sit for a couple minutes, the nose changes completely.  Quickly become overrun with a load of different smells.  The first smells that come to mind are a combination of burnt caramel, dried fruits, butterscotch and hints of baked spices.  Each time smelling leads to different combinations on what is the lead smell.  Honestly, I really enjoyed this and spent more time than normal taking in the aroma.

 

Score: 30/33

 

Taste: I'm a huge fan of bourbons that provide me with an experience.   Based off of the aroma, I was expecting some spice and heat once it hit the tongue but pleasantly that wasn't my initial experience.  The first taste to my mouth was a mixture of white pepper with hints of caramel.  The second taste give me more flavors, including nutmeg and toffee.  Overall this change in flavors from taste-to-taste left me wanting more, in a good way.

 

Score: 31/33

 

Finish: This is where this bourbon feels like it drops the ball to me.  Due to the aroma and taste, I had such high expectations of what the finish would be like.  While the finish lasts a nice amount of time, it's a dull finish.  No real changes to the profile from the initial mouth feel, but a little bit of burn at the very end.  The burn was a bit of a disappointment because I didn't get much on the front end, so it caught me off guard. 

 

Score: 30/34

 

Overall: For $40, knowing that the tube consists of about 5-10 dollars of the cost, I really can't complain about the price.  After all, I'm a sucker for tubes and boxes with my bourbon.  Luckily where I live, small batch is still available, though I have a couple stashed away.  This bourbon easily puts itself in a category of being considered a drink I'd love to sip on daily.  It's delicious and the price point doesn't drain the wallet.  I'd love if there wasn't a last second burn at the end of the finish, but to be honest, that's my only real issue with this bourbon.

 

Final Score: 91/100

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