Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bottled in Bond Bourbon
Age: Minimum 4 years
Recipe: BT mash bill #1
Distiller: Buffalo Trace
Price Paid (MSRP): $45 ($40)
Nose: Apples and cherries, vanilla, caramel and oak.
Palate: Thin to medium mouth feel, floral at first but then more of that vanilla with BT’s signature fruitiness. Caramel and oak spice follow.
Finish: Medium length, cinnamon and oak spices come through nicely here, green apple, oaky with some astringency.
Rating: 66/100 – Good | Better than average
I’m underwhelmed. I think E.H. Taylor Small Batch this is a fine bourbon but I don’t feel that it’s anything special, even at MSRP. It hits those Buffalo Trace green apple and cherry notes and brings some oak but there isn’t too much else to it. At this price point, most people would probably be better off grabbing some New Riff or Smoke Wagon rather than chasing this down. And if those aren’t available in your area, there are still a lot of other bourbons that make more sense.