Col. E.H. Taylor Seasoned Wood Bourbon

We previously reviewed Col. E.H. Taylor Small Batch and Col. E.H. Taylor Barrel Proof. Unlike those bourbons, the E.H. Taylor Seasoned Wood product features the Buffalo Trace wheated bourbon recipe, and it was aged in unique barrels - constructed from staves "soaked in an enzyme heavy bath" and dried in kilns to a specific humidity level. Other staves were left to season outdoors for between six and twelve months. Is it a marketing move? Yes, of course, but it's also a solid whiskey. Soon, we'll review the Col. E.H. Taylor Single Barrel and Cured Oak products.

Col. E.H. Taylor Seasoned Wood

Buffalo Trace Distillery
100 proof
$80 at Liquor Barn in Lexington, KY

Color: Rich copper. On the darker side, for sure.

Nose: One of the best and most complex noses in bourbon. The prominent aroma is the wood, which begins a little tight - like lumber - but opens up into classic caramel and vanilla sweetness. There are spicier notes of cinnamon and pepper and light char. Few bourbons can transport you into a Kentucky warehouse, but this one does it. 

Tasting Notes: Caramel, vanilla, and butterscotch lead the way, but mid-palate, barrel char takes over. The mouthfeel is nice, but there is a lack of pop for a bonded bourbon. The finish is also short and disappointing.

Overall: An absolute delight to smell, but an underwhelming sip. I'd say it was worth the $80 we dropped, but not nearly worth the $400 it goes for in some areas online.