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    BOTM 1/14: Colonel E H Taylor Small Batch

    Happy New Year Everybody!

    Thanks to a suggestion from a fellow member here, the BOTM to kick off 2014 is Colonel E H Taylor Small Batch.

    My notes, whether anyone cares or not;

    Nose: There's some BT familiarity on the nose, but also something a little different. There's the BT mustiness that I like, but it's somewhat muted to me. The musty aroma (wood and leather) that I like is pretty much overshadowed by the pepper/tobacco that's present. What rounds the nose out for me, is a little nuttiness and a hint of something sweet that I can't quite put my finger on.

    Taste: I really like bourbons that are in the 100 proof range, and I usually find that I have no problems whatsoever with bourbons of that proof. This one was a little eye opening for me at first. It was a bit hotter than I expected. The pepper and tobacco flavors were the most noticeable, along with a combination of candy corn on steroids (maybe that was the sweetness on the nose I didn't get at the time?), spice, and just a hint of that burnt cookie or pie crust flavor that I love. I wish there would have been more of the burnt cookie/pie crust flavor instead of the pepper/tobacco. I think that would have evened the flavor out for me quite nicely.

    Finish: I really can't say that it was warming, because I thought it was a bit hot from the get go. Ah hell, I'll say it anyway. A warming finish with the candy corn and tobacco/pepper flavors mellowing out some and the spice coming out more. And here's where it got a little more weird for me. This is also where a wood flavor, and some alcohol/citrus showed up. (Kinda like a HH product?) Like I said, weird. Not what I'd call a long finish, but not a short one either. Just a nice, medium ending. Yeah I know.

    Added notes: My palate may have been a bit off when I had my first pour of the Taylor Small Batch. I'm not sure, but at the time, I would have sworn that this was a wheater in disguise. I let this one sit a few days after my first couple of pours, and low and behold everything kinda mellowed out a bit, just like when you let a wheater sit for a while after opening it. Whatever the reason, this one changed a lot for me after the first taste. Complex flavors with a lot going on. A bit hard to really figure out. I know all this sounds like I don't like this bourbon so much. I actually do like it for the most part though. I think it's decent. Decent, but not great. Here's a couple of maybe's just for good measure. Maybe a little more time in the barrel would help this one out some. Maybe I'm just spoiled by wheaters, and other bourbons that aren't quite so hard to figure out. Maybe I should quit going on and on, and let the rest of you chime in with your thoughts.

    Cheers, have some fun, happy posting, and again, Happy New Year!
    Joe
    " I never met a Weller I didn't like"

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    Re: BOTM 1/14: Colonel E H Taylor Small Batch

    I actually quite liked the SmB,I would fully agree that it was a bit hot for the given 100prf but settled nicely with some due open time.I actually would say that of the CEHT line that only the SM and Tornado finished ahead of this bottling for me personally.I feel it is rather well integrated and a bold whiskey indeed,I find this to be actually quite a bit superior to the Stagg Jr. IMHO.and priced $10 less.The SmB is by far and away the value of the line and I personally have run through several bottles and have quite enjoyed them all.
    "To deny our own impulses is to deny the very thing that makes us human."
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    Re: BOTM 1/14: Colonel E H Taylor Small Batch

    Will admit to having only tried the SmB from the range (though am tempted to pick up the Rye). Enjoyed it, found it to be hot...in need of both a splash of water and some time in the glass.

    Funny thing, even though it's readily available around KY, i just haven't bought a second bottle. When i had the open bottle on my bar, just didn't reach for it as much as others.

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    Re: BOTM 1/14: Colonel E H Taylor Small Batch

    funny you picked this one for BOTM, as I was just given one for my B-day last week by a friend. Ive never had it, but after I get some open bottles out of the way, I'll get into it and see for myself. It sounds good!

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    Re: BOTM 1/14: Colonel E H Taylor Small Batch

    I really love this stuff. I would drink it more often if it was cheaper, but it really hits the spot for me. I think this is the best looking bottle on the shelf! Here are my notes:

    Nose: Orange zest, pineapple, marzipan, lemon juice, refined sugar, angostura, toasted brown sugar, toffee

    Taste: Sugar and clementines up front, followed by star anise, cinnamon and allspice mid palate, then creamy oak and coffee at the back end; creamy mouth-feel, moderate tannin

    Finish: medium length, citrus fruits, milk chocolates and baking spices

    Overall: Tastes like an Old-Fashioned straight from the bottle. Not as rich, spicy and flavorful as the Tornado. More mellow baking spices and cocktail bitters laced with lots of citrus notes. Fantastic on the palate from start to finish. Very enjoyable bourbon for any occasion.

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    Re: BOTM 1/14: Colonel E H Taylor Small Batch

    I agree... Great selection. I just got a bottle as a gift for christmas.

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    Re: BOTM 1/14: Colonel E H Taylor Small Batch

    I also like this one a lot. It's a good value compared to others in the line. I like the single barrel, but for the price, the small batch fits the bill and is a better value. I enjoy this one neat with no water needed and find it smooth enough (but I do like barrel proof bourbons in general). My notes are very similar to those above with the addition of butterscotch on the nose and a bit in the finish. I'll buy this one again if I come across it.

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    Re: BOTM 1/14: Colonel E H Taylor Small Batch

    anyone know the age of this? It just says Bottled In Bond on the label, but I know Ive heard people say 8 or 9 years. With no age statement, who knows....

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    Re: BOTM 1/14: Colonel E H Taylor Small Batch

    Great BOTM to start the new year off with! Purchased my first bottle a couple months ago and I've really enjoyed. Matter of fact that I've enjoyed all the offereings of Colonel E H Taylor I've tried, especially the rye.

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    Re: BOTM 1/14: Colonel E H Taylor Small Batch

    Have a bottle of this with one pour out of it. I recall liking it enough to set it aside while I cleared out other stock. I will revisit it tonight in honor of BOTM.

 

 

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