Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey
The Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch is a no age statement, bottled-in-bond, straight Kentucky Bourbon whiskey from the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky. The Small Batch bourbon was first launched in 2013 and is named after Col. Edmund Haynes Taylor Jr., a firm supporter of the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897.
Even though there are no set guidelines or any fixed definition, a small batch bourbon is any bourbon that has been created by blending a relatively small number of barrels to achieve the flavour profile. A bottled-in-bond whiskey is distilled only once at one distillery in one season. Bottled-in-bond whiskeys also have to be aged for a minimum of four years. The Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897 was passed to guarantee customers of the authenticity of the whiskey and protect them from counterfeit products.
History of E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon
Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor Jr. was the descendant of two former US Presidents, James Madison and Zachary Taylor, the 4th and the 12th President of the United States. James Madison went down in history as the “Father of the Constitution” and E.H. Taylor continued the tradition and sealed his legacy as the “Father of Modern Bourbon Industry."
In 1870, not long after the end of the Civil War, Col. E.H. Taylor Jr. purchased an old distillery that was built along the Kentucky River. He called this the O.F.C. Distillery. In 1878, the O.F.C. Distillery was purchased by George T. Stagg but Taylor continued to overlook the operations at the distillery.
The distillery was one of the very few distilleries that were permitted to remain operational during the US Prohibition to make whiskey for medicinal purposes. The Buffalo Trace Distillery is currently owned by the Sazerac Company.
Making Process of E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon
At every point, the Col. E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon is made by hand. The bourbon is made from an undisclosed mash bill. These grains are passed through a screen to filter them and ensure only the ones that meet the size requirements are used for cooking.
The grains are cooked using Kentucky limestone water in a steam-generated pressure cooker. Cooking the grains allows the active enzymes to turn the starch in the grains into a soluble sugar. This resulting mixture, called the mash, is cooled and then yeast is added to it along with a small amount of previously fermented and distilled mash. The fermentation using the yeast converts the sugar to alcohol.
After the fermentation is complete, the mixture is distilled in tall column stills. The steam in the bottom of the stills rises to vapourise the liquid mixture. These vapours are cooled, re-condensed, and passed through a second still. This helps create a crystal clear liquid which is now ready for ageing. The whiskey is aged in charred white oak barrels for a minimum of four years.
Alcohol Percentage in E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon
The E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon whiskey contains 50% ABV (100 US Proof), which is higher than the standard permissible limit for Kentucky bourbon whiskeys.
Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2020.
Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2019.
Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2018.
Silver Outstanding at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in 2015.
Silver at the World Whiskies Awards in 2016.
Silver Outstanding at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in 2015.
Gold at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in 2014.
Silver Outstanding at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in 2013.
Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey Tasting Notes
Sweet and fruity with whiffs of corn, caramel, orange, and some spice.
Soft and medium length that has subtle spices of pepper and tobacco.
Rich, sweet, and spicy with cinnamon, caramel, and hints of butterscotch
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