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Review #16 Colonel E. H. Taylor Small Batch

Updated: Feb 18, 2021

Distillery: Buffalo Trace

Proof: 100

Age: NAS

Mashbill: Undisclosed

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)

Overall: 85/100

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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Scoring Legend:

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

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