Colonel E.H. Taylor Barrel Proof Bourbon (127.2 proof)

Colonel E.H. Taylor Barrel Proof Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey is Buffalo Trace's uncut, unfiltered tribute to Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr., the father of the modern bourbon industry.

Col. Taylor is responsible for a host of bourbon innovations including copper fermentation tanks, state-of-the-art grain equipment, columnar stills, modernized buildings, a more efficient sour mash technique, and a first-of-its-kind steam heating system still used in the warehouses today. 

Taylor, who served as the mayor of Frankfort, KY for 16 years, was also a skilled politician (he was the great nephew of President Zachary Taylor after all).  He was instrumental in the passage of the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897, which put an end to unscrupulous practices in the whiskey business.

We've previously reviewed Buffalo Trace's Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon, one of our favorite $40 bottles.

Colonel E.H. Taylor Barrel Proof Bourbon (127.2 proof)

Buffalo Trace Distillery
127.2 proof
$79 at Riverside Liquors & Village Wine Shop in Jacksonville, FL

Color: Deep, rich copper.

Nose: Big, sweet nose.  Brown sugar, raisins, heat, orange peel, new tennis ball, more heat, some apple, and the faintest hint of wood.

Tasting Notes: Honey and orange sweetness lead off. Aggressive spice follows quickly behind.  The body is thick and oily.  If you can weather the spice, there are deep sweet notes of molasses, cocoa, and cinnamon which last through a long, hot finish.  You'll feel the heat in your chest cavity for a hot minute.

Overall: B+.  This is a big, spicy bourbon but sweet notes up front and on the back end save the day.  This is not a bourbon for your friends who don't drink bourbon.  Takes some experience to appreciate.