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Colonel E. H. Taylor E. H. Taylor Single Barrel

Sunday Bourbon

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@talexanderReview by @talexander

13th Jan 2019

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  • Nose
    24
  • Taste
    23
  • Finish
    22
  • Balance
    23
  • Overall
    92

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I happily lucked out at the LCBO lottery last year and scored a bottle of this single barrel bottled-in-bond. You can never go wrong with E.H. Taylor, amiright? Bottle code is B1704114:21K. It's been open for almost a year.

The colour is a medium caramel. On the nose we have big notes of tobacco, wet oak, mint and armchair leather. Beef stock from the butcher. Black liquorice. Light molasses. Perfect caramel and vanilla help tick off all the boxes for a perfectly balanced BIB bourbon. Water accentuates mint and fennel. Fantastic.

On the palate we have more liquorice, with sage, mint, lighter caramel and Nicaraguan cigar. Lovely oak. Kalbi beef. Water scales everything up a few notches. Rich, complex but not without elegance thanks to the herbs.

The medium-length finish is slightly ashen with cinnamon, cloves and a dusting of black pepper. While it doesn't change the world, it is one of those always-excellent Buffalo Trace bottles that tickles the heart. Too bad its so hard to find now; I remember just a few years ago you could often walk into a liquor store and find it just sitting there on the shelf...ah, days gone by.

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7 comments

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

In fact in one of those days gone by I bought a EH Taylor single barrel (I think it was the single barrel - @paddockjudge can correct me if I'm wrong). I opened it at your place I believe.

I never really could get into it, and the judge thankfully took it off my hands...

2 months ago 0

@paddockjudge
paddockjudge commented

@Nozinan, I recently gave that opened bottle to my son-in-law. I couldn't get into that bottle either. Apparently it was a barrel that suited neither of us. Good to know that @talexander is enjoying his bottle.

2 months ago 0

@talexander
talexander commented

Interesting that you two weren't crazy about it. It's oxidized for many months so maybe that helped? Though you might not have found it spectacular, it's a solid bourbon.

2 months ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@Victor It most likely is. You were there when it was opened...so it was a long time ago..

2 months ago 0

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