Monday, June 8, 2015
EH Taylor Cured Oak
This is the latest release (and the first new release in quite some time) from Buffalo Trace's EH Taylor series. Buffalo Trace has stated that it is a 17 year old bourbon (there is no age statement on the label) that was aged in barrels with staves that were air dried for 13 months as opposed to the usual six months. It was aged in Warehouse C, which means it presumably survived the same tornado that hit the distillery's warehouse and produced an earlier bottling in the series. As with most of the Taylor whiskeys, it is bottled in bond. Suggested retail price was $70, but good luck with that. Going retail price seems to be around $100.
E.H. Taylor Cured Oak, BIB, 50% abv ($100)
The nose is sweet and fruity with fresh cherries. The palate starts with a touch of sweetness. The middle palate is grainy with brown rice, and then the desert dry oak sets in which turns bitter. The bitter palate stays on for the finish, although it does have a nice sweet finish on the nose. This is fairly good stuff, though quite dry and oaky, and it needs a lot of air. Straight out of the bottle, it tasted pretty bad; it took some time to develop. While that's not unusual for older whiskeys, the difference here was more extreme. I would open it a day before you intend to drink it to give it some exposure to air.