Review: Colonel E.H. Taylor Straight Rye Whiskey / by Jason Hambrey

Virgin Charred Oak
~95% Rye, 5% Malted Barley
Distiller Buffalo Trace (Frankfort, Kentucky)

I should first of all note that the mashbill is based on popular suspicion, but Buffalo Trace won't confirm anything. This whisky is very popular - it has since gone on allocation and the last few years in Ontario you need to win a lottery to obtain the bottle. Some people simple love this bottle - I have had one batch and have been so-so in my opinion. Perhaps I just had a bad batch, and others are much better....

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code:B1424812: 19M

  • Bottling Date: ~2014

Lots of maple! And, lots of oak. This is quite the nose. A lot of grain notes coming through – like rye flour, wheat flour – a touch of arugula, caramel, oak, and smelling just a touch sour as well. This is a very nice nose – more wood forward than grain forward. Quite sweet, also. The palate continues on – lots of grainy notes, and a rising note of buckwheat which carries through to a finish reminding me of roasted grain, particularly malted barley. Tannins, and orange, dried apricot play around in the background. The finish has good feel, but not full of complex flavor – though caramel, buckwheat, and some oak all have their say. Very nice, and I quite like that it is so grain forward. Terrific mouthfeel, and very nice – a bit more complexity and diversity wouldn’t do harm though.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Low at $85.