Updated: Feb 18, 2021
Distillery: Buffalo Trace
BACKGROUND: Colonel EH Taylor Small batch is the sixth entry to the E.H. Taylor series and made its debut in 2012. It has 100 proof and is classified as bottled in bond which means it must be at least 4 years old but is rumored to be about 7. To be labelled Bottled in Bond, the whiskey must be the product of one distillation season and one distiller at a single distillery, aged in a federally bonded warehouse under U.S. government supervision for at least four years, and it must be bottled at exactly 100 proof.
NOSE: A sweet nose over a bed of ethanol. There is rich caramel, sweet vanilla, honey, maple, and homemade oatmeal raisin cookies! (20/25)
PALATE: The sip starts up with an alcohol burn up front but then digresses into raisins, molasses, charred oak, vanilla, and some light floral notes at the end. It is a classic bourbon palate with just the right amount of sweetness (34/40)
FINISH: The finish has some of that burn from the alcohol at the beginning of the sip. It is accompanied by vanilla, a nice medium cigar tobacco, and some burnt cinnamon which I love! (22/25)
VALUE: At $40 SRP this is a great whiskey and a great value! Now you just have to find it at that price. We would pay up to $60. (9/10)
FINAL THOUGHTS: This is a great sipping whiskey with good flavor for a good price. Unfortunately these bottles are getting harder and harder to find.
Similar & Slightly Better Whiskey: Heaven Hill 7 Year Bottled-in-Bond
Similar & Equal Whiskey: Still Austin's Monster Mash
Similar & Slightly Worse Whiskey: Russell's Reserve 10 Year
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96-100: The perfect dram, juice of the gods
90-95: Near perfect, truly incredible whiskey
85-89: Amazing whiskey, will always try to keep a backup bottle of this
80-84: Very good, some minor flaws here or there
75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink, Will try and keep a bottle on the shelf
70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get this
60-69: Decent, would offer this up to non whiskey drinkers
50-59: Not my cup of tea