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Col E H Taylor Straight Rye BIB

Bottled In Bond Memorial Rye

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@VictorReview by @Victor

29th Nov 2012


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  • Brand: Col E H Taylor
  • ABV: 50%

Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor was a major supporter of the Bottled in Bond Act of 1897, which, in the labeling words from Buffalo Trace Distillery "...safeguarded legitimate whiskey labels from bogus producers, who, in (Col Taylor's) words, "polluted and diluted" their whiskey." Bottled in Bond requires 50% ABV, 4 years of aging, and distillate produced within the same year. The bottle reviewed was newly opened

Nose: slight to moderate intensity sharp rye spice. Wood flavours play second fiddle. This tastes a lot like a more concentrated standard Sazerac Rye. The nose gets fruitier given some air time. This is a good, but not great, rye nose

Taste: more intense flavours present in the mouth than in the nose. Rye spice becomes huge after 5-10 minutes in the glass. A very nice mixture of rye spice and fruits, wood sweetness, and wood flavours. A very nice palate

Finish: long and spicy, sweet, but not too much. The wood flavours are adequate on the finish, but could be much better

Balance: how is this different from the Sazerac/Thomas H. Handy Sazerac/Sazerac 18 family of ryes other than being at 100 proof/50% ABV and Bottled in Bond? I am not sure that it is. If there were a different mashbill, this could be other than an inbred cousin of the others. Is it? I don't think so. Probably this differs from the other Buffalo Trace Distillery produced Sazerac ryes by virtue of the specific barrels and ABV used. Of course, that is also a very good family of rye whiskeys of which to be a member.

In sum: the Col EH Taylor BIB Straight Rye Whiskey is quite good, but give it 10 minutes of air or two months of open bottle before sampling it


talexander commented

Thanks! i loved their single barrel bourbon...

10 years ago 0

Victor commented

@talexander, I have found all of the Col E H Taylor bourbons to be more distinctive in style than I have found this rye whiskey to be. If you can find someone with a bottle of the first one, the Sour Mash, get a taste of it. It is quite unusual.

10 years ago 0

Victor commented

NB I see that John Hansell reports in Whisky Advocate that the Col E H Taylor Straight Rye does indeed have a different mashbill than does the Buffalo Trace Sazerac line of rye whiskeys, one with no corn, but some barley, similar to the mashbill of Bulleit 95 Rye. Does this make the Col Taylor Rye taste much different from the Sazerac Rye 'house style'? Not to me, it does not.

10 years ago 0

Astroke commented

Did a side by side with this, Whistle Pig and Millstone 100. The Taylor and the MS100 are my 2 favorite straight Rye choices. The WP10 is nice but no match for these.IMHO. For me the Taylor is a 90+ as Rye Whiskey goes.

7 years ago 0

Victor commented

@Astroke, yes, the Col E H Taylor Rye is very soft and rounded, just the way Jim Murray likes them. He rated the Taylor Rye at 97 points, which is to say that there are only 13 whiskies out of 12,000 in all of history which he has ever rated higher.

So far the E H Taylor has just been a little too subdued to get my blood pumping. I'm sure I'll go back and try some more from my sister's bottle sometime soon after reading this, just to retest. I was actually pretty surprised that I didn't like the Taylor Rye more, since I've liked all of the Col E H Taylor bourbons quite a lot. 85 is certainly not a bad grade, but it is true that I lack enthusiasm for the Col E H Taylor Rye. I would genuinely like to like it more than I have so far.

I haven't yet had any of the Millstone 100. I am always interested in trying out some new ryes.

7 years ago 0

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