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750 milliliter bottle of Colonel E.H. Taylor Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey with the case the bottle is manufactured in
A whiskey glass with a unopened bottle of Colonel E.H. Taylor Single Barrel Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey

E.H. Taylor

The Father of the Modern Bourbon Industry

E.H. Taylor was a man of vision and determination who spared no expense in achieving his goal of creating great whiskies of “topmost class.” 

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Of Topmost Class

Known as the father of the modern bourbon industry, Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor Jr. left an indelible mark. After the Civil War, he established the O.F.C. Distillery, now known as Buffalo Trace, where we make E.H. Taylor whiskies today.  During his storied career, he revolutionized the industry with methods still in use today like copper fermenters, column stills and climate-controlled aging warehouses. E.H. Taylor’s straight Kentucky whiskies are made in recognition of the Colonel’s uncompromising dedication to great bourbon.

750 milliliter bottle of Colonel E.H. Taylor Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey with the case the bottle is manufactured in

Whiskey

Small Batch

Crafted with skill and dedication at our historic Buffalo Trace  Distillery, this Small Batch Bourbon has been aged inside 19th century aging warehouses constructed by E.H. Taylor himself. We evaluate and select specific barrels from the warehouse to create the perfect blend of distinctive character that is like no other. This bourbon is a true sipping bourbon to honor the resolute legacy of E.H. Taylor Jr.

 

Tasting Notes

Small Batch has caramel corn sweetness, mingled with butterscotch and licorice. The aftertaste is a soft mouthfeel that turns into subtle spices of pepper and tobacco.

750 milliliter bottle of Colonel E.H. Taylor Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey

Whiskey

Single Barrel

During the 1800s, Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor Jr. established a reputation for making bourbon that consistently exceeded industry standards. Single Barrel is just such a whiskey.  Made from the highest quality ingredients, aged to perfection, and packaged using the Colonel’s own bottle design from over a century ago, E.H. Taylor Single Barrel wins awards year after year. The Colonel would be proud.

 

Tasting Notes

The aroma carries lightly-toasted oak, with dried figs and butterscotch. One sip brings flavors of sweetness balanced with tobacco and dark spices. The finish is just long enough to prepare the palate for another sip.

E.H. Taylor Barrel Proof

Bourbon

Barrel Proof

Crafted from hand-selected, aged barrels, this bourbon is bottled directly from the barrel uncut and unfiltered at more than 125 proof. It reflects the way whiskey was made in the days before Prohibition under the watchful eye of E.H. Taylor Jr. The taste is smooth, yet powerful and intense, just like its namesake.

 

Tasting Notes

The aromas of cooked berries are followed by rich caramel and light florals. The taste is bold, full of spice and fills the mouth with the distinct flavor of toasted vanilla, dried oak, and pepper. The finish is long and satisfying with a powerful rye character and lingering hints of fruit.

E.H. Taylor Straight Rye

Whiskey

Straight Rye

Another perennial award-winner, this small batch, Bottled-in-Bond, 100 proof, straight Kentucky rye whiskey is made with rye, malted barley and no corn. It continues to receive glowing reviews as it pays tribute to a style of rye whiskey that the intrepid Colonel was making back in the 1800s.

 

Tasting Notes

The aroma of E.H. Taylor Straight Rye is full of dried fruit, black pepper and a touch of fresh dill. A small sip brings an array of flavors both sweet and savory with a terrific balance of dark spices and subtle caramel overtones. The finish is especially pleasing with an oaky dryness that lingers for a sweet moment.

E.H. Taylor, Jr. Old Fashioned Sour Mash bottle

Whiskey

Old Fashioned Sour Mash

In the early 2000s, at a gathering of distillery retirees, a method was recounted for making "Old Fashioned Sour Mash" whiskey. Edmund Haynes Taylor Jr. was known to use this technique in the late 1800s. Taylor’s technique involved allowing the mash to sour naturally for days before distillation. Distilled in 2002, this bourbon is a modern version of this old fashioned method. Using Taylor's original souring process, the result is a bourbon of character and body like none other today.

 

Tasting Notes

The flavor begins with a floral aroma and an undertone of freshly baked bread. The palate is unusually fresh and light, like honey drizzled over toast. There is a clean finish with hints of leather.

E.H. Taylor, Jr. Warehouse C Tornado Surviving bottle

Whiskey

Warehouse C Tornado Surviving

On Sunday evening, April 2, 2006, a severe storm with tornado strength winds tore through central Kentucky, damaging two Buffalo Trace Distillery aging warehouses. One of the damaged warehouses was Warehouse C, a treasured warehouse built by Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor Jr. in 1881. It sustained significant damage to its roof and north brick wall, exposing a group of aging bourbon barrels to the elements. That summer, the exposed barrels waited patiently while the roof and walls were repaired, while being exposed to open skies and the central Kentucky climate. When these barrels were tasted years later, it was discovered that the sun, wind, and elements they had experienced created a bourbon unmatched in rich flavors. This was truly a special batch of barrels, and though the distillery does not hope for another tornado, it feels lucky to have been able to release this once-in-a-lifetime product.

 

Tasting Notes

On the nose, the aroma of dried fig and cloves initially jumps from the glass. This is followed by baking spice and an oaky dryness for balance. A small sip fills the mouth with flavors of jam-like fruit, vanilla and a touch of smoke. The finish quickly builds in dark spices with hints of tobacco, leaving a lasting final impression.

E.H. Taylor, Jr. Cured Oak bottle

Whiskey

Cured Oak

Cured Oak continues the E.H. Taylor Jr legacy of uncompromisingly high standards for his whiskies.  From quality grains, to the best barrels for aging, Taylor exuded a passion for producing the finest whiskey in the world. Our E.H. Taylor Cured Oak Bourbon is aged inside oak barrels made with staves cured for 13 months, more than twice as long as typical barrel staves. This extended curing process extracts the rich characters deep within the wood. Barrels were aged inside Warehouse C, the Colonel's own prime-aging warehouse, built under his supervision in 1881. As a special limited edition release, it is a bourbon of great character, in honor of the man who would accept no less.

 

Tasting Notes

After seventeen years of aging in the cured oak, this bourbon whiskey delivers an aroma rich with inviting tobacco and dried fruit. A complex flavor meets the mouth with well-rounded notes of vanilla, toffee, and figs, followed by undertones of dry oak. The body is medium with a long, dry finish.

E.H. Taylor, Jr. Seasoned Wood bottle

Whiskey

Seasoned Wood

Seasoned Wood embraces E.H. Taylor’s spirit of innovation. This remarkable bourbon was aged inside new oak barrels crafted from staves treated with an innovative process of bathing and natural outdoor seasoning. This technique pulled rich flavors from the wood, to age a whiskey unlike any other. Using a unique wheat recipe mash bill, the result is a whiskey with bright, citrus flavors followed by spicy undertones. Savor every sip of this truly unique bourbon whiskey. 

 

Tasting Notes

A delicate aroma of caramel and dried fruit is followed by a bright and pleasant first sip. Oak tannins are balanced by a touch of butterscotch, almond, citrus notes, and a hint of spicy clove. The body is soft and balanced with an aftertaste that lingers perfectly.

E.H. Taylor, Jr. Four Grain

Whiskey

Four Grain

E.H. Taylor knew exceptional whiskey could only be crafted by using the finest ingredients and his stint in the grain business had taught him that grains often varied tremendously from different farmers and harvests. This special edition Four Grain bourbon is crafted just as E.H. Taylor would have demanded. Using the highest quality grains and a distinct combination of corn, rye, wheat, and malted barley, this impeccably balanced bourbon embodies the character of the man who would expect no less.

 

Tasting Notes

Four Grain opens with an inviting aroma, with the first sip bringing a lot of character. Caramel notes are touched by sweet vanilla and caramel corn, then underwritten by slightly smoky flavors and oak tannins. It maintains a smooth evenness between the four grains interacting with the charred oak barrel. Overall, a nice balance, and unique.

E.H. Taylor, Jr. Amaranth bottle

Whiskey

Amaranth

In the nineteenth century, Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor Jr. had a passion for producing the finest whiskey in the world. This bourbon honors Taylor’s enduring spirit of innovation by introducing Amaranth as the flavoring grain. Amaranth was originally cultivated by the Aztecs and is known as the “Grain of the Gods.” This ancient grain is similar to wheat, but offers a complex taste with subtle flavors ranging from a nose of butterscotch and spearmint, to a finish of pecans and dark berries. Amaranth roughly translates to “never fading,” just like the legacy of Colonel Taylor.

 

Tasting Notes

Fresh spearmint and honey meets a subtle hint of cherry. The taste of coffee and vanilla lingers on the palate with a long finish of oak and honey.

EH Taylor 18yr Marriage bottle with canister

Whiskey

18 Year Marriage

The father of the modern bourbon industry, Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor Jr., was committed to making unparalleled bourbon through his steadfast attention to detail and passion for innovation. This unique bourbon combines barrels from three signature mashbills that matured for eighteen years.  A true testament to Taylor’s pursuit of perfection and his dedication to push the boundaries of making whiskey.

 

Tasting Notes

The marriage of bourbon and rye mashbills gives this magnificent whiskey a nose of vanilla butter cake, a rich palate of caramel and cinnamon, and a long finish of toasted oak, cinnamon with a hint of spearmint.

  • E.H. Taylor, Jr. was a visionary in the whiskey world with a mind for distilling that was years ahead of its time. He founded a world class Distillery, made advancements to the industry, and fought for the purity and legitimacy of bourbon gaining him the title of the “Father of the Modern Bourbon Industry.”

    Taylor is celebrated for the countless innovations he contributed to the bourbon industry in his time. His first involvement in the industry came as a banker, aiding in the organization and financing of several distilleries. Through his experience as a banker, Taylor became personally acquainted with several prominent whiskey makers. Taylor's 1869 purchase of a small Leestown distillery that he christened O.F.C. was his first foray into distilling, making an immediate mark on the industry by modernizing, expanding and upgrading the plant. Among his innovations were copper fermentation tanks, state-of-the-art grain equipment, column stills, modernized buildings, a more efficient sour mash technique and a first-of-its-kind steam heating system still used in the barrel warehouses today.

    A skilled politician, Taylor was instrumental in fighting for higher standards in the bourbon industry, pushing for the passage of the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897. As if his involvement in the bourbon industry wasn't enough, Taylor served as mayor of Frankfort for sixteen years.

    The O.F.C. Distillery was purchased by George T. Stagg in 1879 and remains an integral part of Buffalo Trace's history. Taylor is remembered as the last of a breed, a true bourbon aristocrat who was responsible for linking the classic and modern eras of bourbon making.

  • Fine chefs have paired E.H. Taylor with bold menus of arugula salad, slow cooked prime ribeye cap, smoked potato puree, Brussels sprouts and a dessert of dark chocolate tart with rosemary caramel and soft whipped cream.

  • E.H. Taylor is a part of the rare and exclusive Legacy de Forge collection.

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Winner of Over 120 Awards

2020 Gold Medal

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

 

2020 Category Winner Rye-No Age Statement

World Whiskies Awards

2020 Gold Medal

World Whiskies Awards

 

2020 Best American Rye

World Whiskies Awards

2020 Silver Medal

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Small Batch

“At 100 proof, it’s very easy to drink and the flavors are rich and quite enjoyable. When a small batch can almost match a single barrel product of itself, that’s pretty impressive. While not the exact carbon copy flavor wise, it comes satisfyingly close.”

Breakingbourbon.com 

 

“An excellently solid if laid-back bourbon for a price that shows that Buffalo Trace knows its quality. A Must Try.”

The Scotch Noob

 

“From the moment you smell it to the final moments of the surprisingly long finish, it's a pure joy.”

bourbongents.com

 

F. Paul Pacult's Spirit Journal Rating:  5 stars/Highest Recommendation

 

Single Barrel

Rating: 88 — Wine Enthusiast Magazine

 

"A very sound whiskey that ably demonstrates the small Bottled-In-Bond sector of American whiskey making." — F. Paul Pacult's Spirit Journal

 

“No shrinking violet here; this is a big, powerful Bourbon with a finish that just won't quit. The honey-colored spirit has a sweet, heavy caramel aroma with some deep, somber espresso notes. Look for rounded burnt-orange flavor and lots of cinnamon and nutmeg on the dry, elongated finish. Temper the alcohol sting with ice water—it's 100 proof, after all. History buffs will love the old-school style of the bottle and label”    

  Kara Newman Wine Enthusiast

 

Barrel Proof

"A masterpiece that, in truth, might be too much for inexperienced whiskey devotees."

5 Stars/Highest Recommendation

F. Paul Pacult's Spirit Journal

 

"The dried spice notes linger on the finish, along with tobacco. Bourbon with attitude."

Whiskey Advocate

 

Straight Rye

F. Paul Pacult's Spirit Journal Rating: 5 stars/Highest Recommendation

 

Old Fashioned Sour Mash

Whisky Advocate rating: 88

 

Warehouse C Tornado Surviving

"Utterly decadent and voluptuous."

F. Paul Pacult's Spirit Journal

 

Cured Oak

“The E.H. Taylor Cured Oak bottling offers lots of fruit on the nose, surprising for a whiskey that, remember, is 17 years in barrel. ... Beautiful balance, moderate but lush finish. If you see it, buy it without hesitation.”
Christopher Null, Drink Hacker

 

"A rich aroma of apricots, lemon oil and honey waft right out of the glass. More stone fruit enters the palate, with the signature Buffalo Trace vanilla, toasty cedar spice, sesame, orange blossom and leather. The proof is dangerously hard to notice, as the dense, rich flavors do most of the heavy lifting, finishing with only a slight trail of heat."

SCORE 95

Amanda Schuster, Distiller.com

 

Seasoned Wood

“The Seasoned Wood release for Col. E. H. Taylor is a very nice example of the experimental spirit that has swept the whiskey industry, applying ever more creative techniques and finishes. In this case, quite successfully.”

Debbie Shocair The Whiskey Reviewer

 

“Highly drinkable yet also unique and complex, it’s a fantastic little whiskey.”

Christopher Null, Drink Hacker

 

Four Grain

“The aroma is the kind of dense heavy character I live for. The palate is rustic, sweet and beautifully welcoming and the finish rolls on and on supported by oak, dark fruit and spice. I see why people go nuts for this whiskey, it’s great.”

Josh Peters, The Whiskey Jug

 

 “Sheer, undiluted beauty 97.5 out of 100.”

World Whisky of the Year 

Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible

 

Amaranth

“I was really surprised by this one. Complex, in a simple way, as there were evenly spaced layers of flavor. The fruit elements sing. I believe this to be a win. ... ”

Kenji Mizumori, Whiskey Wash