Our friends in Frankfort, Kentucky have just shared some very exciting news! Starting in June 2020, Buffalo Trace Distillery will release its oldest expression of E.H. Taylor, Jr.
Aged 18 years and labeled as E.H. Taylor, Jr. 18 Year Marriage, this 100 proof Bottled-In-Bond limited release is a small batch blend, or marriage of three mashbills. Specifically two rye bourbon mash bills and one wheated bourbon mashbill that entered the barrels back in 2002.
We haven’t had the opportunity to sample this release just yet but we are told you will experience vanilla butter cake on the nose, caramel and cinnamon on the palette with a toasted oak, cinnamon, and a hint of spearmint on the finish. Our mouth’s are already watering.
Suggested retail price is $69.99 per 750ml bottle for this very limited release. Good luck and happy hunting. Cheers!
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY RELEASES COLONEL E.H. TAYLOR, JR. 18 YEAR OLD MARRIAGE
Buffalo Trace Distillery continues its homage to former Distillery owner Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. with a special release 18 year old bourbon whiskey which is a marriage of three mashbills, two rye bourbon mashbills and one wheated bourbon mashbill.
This 100 proof Bottled-In-Bond small batch bourbon was put into barrels in 2002. Barrels chosen for this special batch release matured using one of three Buffalo Trace mashbill recipes; wheated bourbon, rye bourbon #1 and rye bourbon #2. The whiskey from these 18-year-old barrels was married together to make this limited edition offering. Tasting notes describe this bourbon as having a nose of vanilla butter cake, a taste of caramel and cinnamon, and a finish of toasted oak, cinnamon, and a hint of spearmint.
The Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. collection was first released in early 2011 and several subsequent releases such as Single Barrel, Barrel Proof, Straight Rye Whiskey, and Small Batch Bourbon have followed. A previous limited release, E. H. Taylor, Jr. Four Grain Bourbon, was named World Whiskey of the Year by renown whiskey reviewer Jim Murray in 2018.
Like some of the previous releases, this one-time-only bottling of E. H. Taylor, Jr 18 Year Old Marriage is very limited. Also consistent with past releases, this bottle displays a vintage label and is offered inside a distinct canister reminiscent of Taylor’s whiskey package from over one hundred years ago. These six bottle cases will be shipped in an impressive wooden box first used for the Cured Oak release in 2015. The boxes are modeled after the wooden crates used by Taylor to transport goods during the days before Prohibition.
Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr. is widely considered one of the founding fathers of the bourbon industry, fighting for the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897, nearly three decades after he purchased the distillery that is known today as the Buffalo Trace Distillery. During his time, Taylor implemented several innovative methods still used today by Buffalo Trace, such as climate controlled aging warehouses. In addition to his bourbon interests, Taylor had political ties. He was the great-nephew of President Zachary Taylor and elected the mayor of Frankfort, state representative to the Kentucky General Assembly and a member of the State Senate.
This special bottling of Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. 18 Year Old Marriage Bourbon Whiskey will be available starting in June in limited supply. The suggested retail price is $69.99 per 750ml bottle.