Welcome to the Straightbourbon.com Forums.
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 14

Hybrid View

  1. #1
    Moderator
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Illinois
    Posts
    4,510

    Botm 12/11: Colonel E.H. Taylor New Release

    How 'bout a twofer this month? EH Taylor Sour Mash BIB, and EH Taylor Single Barrel BIB.


    Both are good bourbons, but I prefer the first release myself. IMHO, the Sour Mash is somewhat reminiscent of some older bourbons. Butterscotch on the nose, with a slightly sweet, nougat type flavor. A very nice and easy drinker. The Single Barrel is very different. The nose has a nice musty, earthiness to it, with a touch of spice thrown in. To me, this one tastes just a bit hot. Spice, leather and pepper, with a faint odd alcohol or citrus flavor that I can't quite put my finger on. Acetone, or eucalyptus?

    Anyway, let's hear it for the Colonel. Cheers Y'all. Joe
    " I never met a Weller I didn't like"

  2. #2

    Re: Botm 12/11: Colonel E.H. Taylor New Release

    Hey, hey. Not everyone all at once, now.

  3. #3
    Guru
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Northern Kentucky
    Posts
    3,428

    Re: Botm 12/11: Colonel E.H. Taylor New Release

    The single barrel is a delightful bourbon: delicate and nuanced. Well-integrated from nose to finish. Classic bourbon notes of vanilla, caramel, and dark fruit. Wish I would have bunkered a few when they were more readily available.

    The sour mash was fine; but to my taste, nothing exceptional and not worth the price.
    John B

    "Drinking when we are not thirsty and making love at all seasons… that is all there is to distinguish us from other animals."

  4. #4
    Disciple
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Wisconsin
    Posts
    1,537

    Re: Botm 12/11: Colonel E.H. Taylor New Release

    Wow, I would have expected more of us to have purchased these bottlings.

    I myself, never have. That said, I did try the first release at 2011 Whiskey Fest Chicago, and it was a memorable pour. A strain of sweetness from front to back stood out. Quite good, as I remember. I meant to buy a bottle, but could not locate one in Wisconsin.

    While I was very intrigued by the mash method of the first bottling, when I learned that they did not repeat this for the second release, I ended up putting my money elsewhere. I'm left wondering what Sazerac wants this bottling to represent. To put it another way, what makes this unique, if you've already changed what made the first release unique? Why should I buy later bottlings?

  5. #5
    Connoisseur
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Kilgore, TX
    Posts
    688

    Re: Botm 12/11: Colonel E.H. Taylor New Release

    I popped my Sour Mash last night, and will post more as I get into the bottle further. First impressions were favorable, kind of a sourness behind all the sweet which was nice, felt very balanced. Finish could be longer but you can't have everything!

  6. #6
    Advanced Taster
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Colorado
    Posts
    129

    Re: Botm 12/11: Colonel E.H. Taylor New Release

    For me the Sour Mash is butterscotch and soft leather. The taste and the entry to the finish is a little bitter, and even with a little water there is still some heat. The most noticable characteristic though is its very thin mouthfeel.

    I totally agree with Joe's description of a dusty. In fact, for me it is a mix of Mattingly & Moore and Old Charter 7.
    -Eric

  7. #7
    Advanced Taster
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Colorado
    Posts
    129

    Re: Botm 12/11: Colonel E.H. Taylor New Release

    I very much like the Single Barrel.

    The nose has a plum and caramel like quality that I associate with WLW. There is some kind of hard candy hiding behind the nose....maybe watermelon Jolly Ranchers.

    The taste though is where it shines. Or maybe more specifically, I can actually taste it. Unfortunately, my bourbon enjoyment is centered around the nose and finish. Rarely do I get very much from the taste (other than some muted sensations of the nose.). This is different. The taste is caramel, Amaretto, and spice. It has that rare quality of tasting *better* than it smells.

    The entry to the finish gets a little sweeter, almost like Dr. Pepper soda. The finish then becomes muted (similiar to a sweetnees of the taste) before a napalm burst of woody dry baking spice overcomes that sweetness. It is sweet on the back of my tongue (where I normally perceive bitter) while being spicy on the tip.

    I wasn't going to buy the Single Barrel because I wasn't blown away by the Sour Mash. In hindsight, I'm really glad that I did.
    -Eric

  8. #8
    Taster
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Somerville, MA
    Posts
    65

    Re: Botm 12/11: Colonel E.H. Taylor New Release

    I will need to pour the sour mash in the next couple nights to confirm, but the one thing I specifically did not get from it was a thin mouthfeel.

  9. #9
    Apprentice
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Waukesha, WI
    Posts
    42

    Re: Botm 12/11: Colonel E.H. Taylor New Release

    I bought the sour mash when it first released and just picked up the single barrel today! Have yet to open either however.
    @TheBourbonPro on Twitter

  10. #10
    Virtuoso
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Chicago 'burbs
    Posts
    1,120

    Re: Botm 12/11: Colonel E.H. Taylor New Release

    I liked the first release enough to buy another bottle, even though I resented have to put down $75 for it. No heat for a 100 proofer, but I recall really, really mellow cinnamon-vanilla notes. I think it's a very fine and refined bourbon. It has many many pleasures, none of which knock you over the head, but all of them are pleasant.

    Not to reveal to much or speak outside this forum's general conversation, but this bourbon lends itself especially well in partnership with marijuana. I think it's a great stoner's bourbon. On more than one occasion, it hit the spot particularly well whilst in this state. I think it has to do with a heightened palate milking out all of the mellow nuance. Delicious!

    I haven't yet tried the SB.
    "A man comes from the dust and in the dust he will end-- In the meantime it is good to drink whiskey."
    -->WhiskeyWonka<--

 

 

Similar Threads

  1. Buffalo Trace Announces Second Release of Col EH Taylor
    By fishnbowljoe in forum Industry News
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 08-18-2011, 21:41
  2. BOTM, 10/08: Old Taylor 6yo
    By camduncan in forum Straight Bourbon Of The Month
    Replies: 36
    Last Post: 11-10-2008, 17:53
  3. What to do with Colonel Lee?
    By kbuzbee in forum General Bourbon Discussion
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 01-30-2006, 14:05

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Back to top