Today, I am reviewing a bourbon that is quickly becoming a staple of the Buffalo Trace stable – Colonel E.H. Taylor Single Barrel. This is one of the most readily available bourbons in the E.H. Taylor lineup, presented in the tall, slender, iconic E. H. Taylor bottle. This bourbon is bottled-in-bond, so it is bottled at 100 proof (50% abv). There is no age statement on this bourbon, but I have heard that most barrels are between 7 and 9 years old.
The nose on this is a bit tight, with vanilla, caramel, and a mellow, oaked component. The palate has some good sweet flavors, like candy corn, toffee, butterscotch, and caramel, all backed up with a solid woody backbone. The finish is short and sweet, with warming oak, caramel, and raisins. It drinks well at 100 proof, with little to no alcoholic burn, and a good depth of character.
Overall, this is a solid, balanced bourbon. This is clearly well-made spirit, with good aging. Considering it was actually Colonel E.H. Taylor (the real person, not the bourbon) that came up with the idea for climate controlled warehouses, it is only fitting to properly age the man’s namesake in your best warehouses. Okay, that was just a sentence thinly veiled as an excuse for a fun bourbon fact. Bottom line, E.H. Taylor Single Barrel is a good, balanced bourbon; there is not much that screams at you in either a positive or negative direction. It is the kind of bourbon that you sip, and say to yourself, “that is exactly what I was expecting out of a high quality bourbon, but there is nothing melting my face here.” My grade: B. Price: $60-70/750ml. My biggest dispute with this bourbon is really the price point; there are better bourbons for $20 less.