Flash forward to in 2015, when Henry McKenna 10-year-old Bottled-in-Bond, another $30 bottle, won the award for finest bourbon at the San Francisco World Spirits Competitors. Or simply a couple of weeks earlier, when Stagg Jr. scored a 98 at the Ultimate Spirits Obstacle. Another day, another competitors, another “best bottle”– this belongs to the buzz device that powers the scotch world.
Today brings us freshly minted “king of all whiskeys”: Colonel E.H. Taylor Single Barrel Bottled-in-Bond (Straight Kentucky Bourbon). This bottle has actually been winning awards and discovering itself in alcohol cabinetsall over the country for years It’s preserved a strong following and belongs to a much-lauded line of bourbons. It’s likewise (in theory) budget friendly– selling for around $70. However all the best discovering it for anywhere even near that cost now that its been award a 99 out of 100 by the judges at the International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC).
Like the Ultimate Spirits Obstacle, the IWSC uses a double-blind method, making sure that judges never ever see a bottle. Nevertheless, the IWSC relies more on integrated tastings and conversation among panelists– a lot of whom are distillers themselves. Simply put, these are relied on voices in the market. However we figured the E.H. Taylor Single Barrel Bottled-In-Bond required another cosign … ours
Inspect our tasting notes on this expression listed below.
Colonel E.H. Taylor Single Barrel Bottled-in-Bond
Distillery Call: Buffalo Trace.
Typical Cost: $129.99
Like all the bottles in the E.H. Taylor, Jr. Collection, Single Barrel was called for Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. The descendant of not one however 2 various presidents (James Madison and Zachary Taylor). It appears like Taylor was predestined for success by name alone, however he didnt sit idly and simply delight in the fruits of his surname. He was among the primary voices in the death of the Bottle-in-Bond Act of 1897, which stated that bottled-in-bond scotch should be produced by one distillery in one season, age for consume least 4 years in a federally bonded storage facility, and be bottled at 100 evidence.
If not for that particular act of legislation alone, we wouldnt be sitting here discussing Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Single Barrel Bottled-in-Bond. It may not even exist.
Tasting Notes (UPROXX):
A bourbon of this quality shouldnt be gulped down without providing it the regard it is worthy of. This isn’t Old Grand-Dad (although we drink that too). This is worthy of a long nosing to actually take in all the numerous intricacies.
Immediately, theres an apparent charred oak scent that includes well-aged bourbons. This is followed by velvety caramel and sweet vanilla bean. When youve appreciated the aromas and ready yourself for the very first sip, dive right in, youll be consulted with dried fruits, abundant leather, toffee, subtle tobacco, and more abundant vanilla. The surface is smooth, velvety, elegant, and ends with a pleasing tip of pepper.
All in all, a whisky worthwhile of its applauds and one that youll be truly bummed to round off. If you can ever get ahold of it in the very first location.
“A broodingly dark, intense nose of bitter chocolate, subtle rye and balanced fresh fruit. Buttery smooth with elegant peach and touches of pepper, a nutty back palate and refined spicy oak. Classical scotch typicity with an engagingly fruity finish.”