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- Brand: Old Fashioned Copper
- ABV: 50%
This is yet another offering from Buffalo Trace, though not one I hear much about, unfortunately. Colonel E.H. Taylor Jr., a "bourbon aristocrat" (he was great-nephew to President Zachary Taylor, and at one point mayor of Frankfurt) ran the distillery now known as Buffalo Trace. However, according to the label, it is from the "Old Fashioned Copper" distillery, whatever that is. There are five E.H. Taylor Jr. expressions, including a rye. The "Bottled-In-Bond" sticker is dated July 1994, so this bottle has been sitting around for a while!
The colour is a nice dark burnt orange, hinting at the fruity flavours to come. On the nose, plum, blood orange, figs, vanilla pods, caramel, burnt sugar, and damp earth. Very oaky. Water brings out more plum and orange, which is very welcome. A deep, enveloping nose.
On the palate, there is deep oak, caramel, with some pepper around the edges, and fairly spicy. Some dark chocolate and tobacco. Very rich and satisfying, with a slight sour edge to it. Water gives it a creamier mouthfeel but doesn't seem to alter the flavour profile much. In time, the oakiness has a mouthdrying effect. The finish is long, almost smoky, and echoes more vanilla and hot pepper through the system. This is a very nice bourbon, easy to drink and of the classic style (as the charming vintage packaging implies).