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Buffalo Trace Col E. H. Taylor Barrel Proof

Let the label tell the PROOF

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@newreverieReview by @newreverie

28th Jan 2015

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  • Nose
    25
  • Taste
    24
  • Finish
    23
  • Balance
    24
  • Overall
    96

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One of the first bourbons that I was truly wowed by was E. H. Taylor small batch. Taylor barrel proof comes from the same stock as the small batch, but is wholly different. I never expected the barrel proof to be so much bigger, bolder, deeper, and incomparably better than the small batch.

Nose: Strong and powerful, surprisingly lacking in alcohol punch. Heavy wood, baking spices and vanilla. Clear notes of chocolate,orange, and strawberry jam. The best nose I have ever found on a bourbon.

Taste: Without water the taste is overwhelming. Alcohol punches your tongue and sets a wood and spice fire. In the embers you find a collection of berry fruit and tobacco. It takes more water than you'd expect to bring this powerful juice under control. Patience and experimentation is needed, but I find that once strawberry takes over the nose that the bourbon is ready. The flavor changes dramatically. Again one of my all time favorites. The scents present in the original nose melt and form a smooth flavor profile that builds and multiplies with every sip.

Finish: Long and sweet. Wood and caramel seem to stay forever. The coals from the spice fire can still be felt 15 to 20 minutes later. The finish is good, but it is the weakest part of my experience with this amazing bourbon.

Balance: What more could you want? It is barrel proof, full of flavor that can be adjusted with water, and the finish lasts all night. Final Remarks: Aside from "bottled in bond" Taylor has another motto, "Let the label tell the truth". The truth is that E. H. Taylor Barrel Proof is one of the best bourbons in the world. It easily competes with other big bourbons like George T.Stagg. This bourbon sells for less than $80, buy a bottle if you can find one.

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10 comments

@Benancio
Benancio commented

Spot on review, it's everything I experienced. I love this bourbon. I rarely add water to anything, I like this one neat.

4 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@newreverie, lovely enthusiastic review. Thank you.

Yes, very good things happen north of 60% abv. You and @Benancio make me very excited at the anticipation of one day opening my bottle of this particular Col E.H.Taylor.

4 years ago 0

@newreverie
newreverie commented

What is great about sipping on this bourbon at proof is that the burn happens on the tip and middle of your tongue and not in your throat. It is more like cinnamon redhots than alcohol harshness. @Victor, I am surprised you haven't opened yours. I did this review partly because you hadn't and I was curious about your thoughts. This bourbon is really special and I have no doubt once you try it you will consider it among the best.

4 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@newreverie, I try not to open new bottles these days because I still have 100 open bottles of whisk(e)y in the house and I hate to see any whisk(e)y go bad.

I expect that I will review my own bottle of Col E H Taylor Barrel Proof 64.5% abv after I do open it. I have liked all of the Col E H Taylor whiskeys which I have tasted to date, including the Sour Mash, Single Barrel, Tornado Surviving Warehouse C, Small Batch, and the Rye. I am not gaga over the Rye in the way that Jim Murray is--he rated it 97 pts. Murray likes a very rounded style of rye whiskey more than I do.

With respect to comparisons to George T. Stagg,...well, these are bourbons from the same distillery, and, according to reports, the same mashbill. Most estimates for the 64.5% abv Barrel Proof 2014 release are that it is 7 years old to 9 years, compared to Stagg's 15 years or more.

I am not sure what the Sazerac Company and the Buffalo Trace Distillery are doing with the Col E H Taylor brand. It acts as a sort of vehicle for miscellaneous special issues for them, as best as I can tell, even though the Small Batch, Rye, and now, Barrel Proof, do have repeated releases. Special Issues do tend to be...special.

4 years ago 0

@newreverie
newreverie commented

@Victor It has been a year since I wrote this review. My bottle is down to its last 2 pours. Have you still not tried this amazing bourbon?

3 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@newreverie, no, I still haven't tasted the 64.5% ABV release of Col. E H Taylor Barrel Proof.

3 years ago 0

maltmate302 commented

@Victor FYI the new Ailsa Bay official release is out in a day or two.It's supposed to be sweet and phenolic. Don't get too excited though, it's NAS and £51!

3 years ago 0

@newreverie
newreverie commented

@Victor I'm having a pour of the 63.6% release and it is amazing. Very reminiscent of GTS. Perfect nose with dark raisins and barrel notes. Easily sipped without water. Deep complex flavor and very different from the 64.5 batch. The finish is a bit short, but it warms without a burn. I now have 4 releases bunkered unoppened. I hope you get around to trying this amazing bourbon some day soon.

about one year ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@newreverie, it is only the enormous number of bottles I have open which keeps me from tasting a lot of desirable unopened bottles, very much including my bottle of Col E H Taylor Barrel Proof 64.5% release. I have been nursing a bottle of the Col E H Taylor Warehouse C Tornado Surviving Bourbon for several years now. And I always like to enjoy a sip of the Col EHT truly unusual Sour Mash, when I visit my sister.

How did you fare with Hurricane Harvey?

about one year ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@Victor isn't it the truth? So many bottles waiting to be tasted and so many open bottles...

about one year ago 0

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