Review: Colonel E.H Taylor Straight Rye

colonel e h taylor straight rye

This gorgeous bottle of rye is the fifth colonel e h taylor bottled in bondrelease from Buffalo Trace Distillery in the Colonel E. H. Taylor series.  This is the first of the series that I have tasted. It is packaged in tube and the bottle is wrapped with a label that is a throw back to a past century.  This bottle has the words bottled-in-bond on a paper seal across the cork, on the tube, and label.  This was the first time I had heard this phrase. The Bottled-In-Bond Act of 1897 was put in place to help differentiate between legitimate whiskey labels and counterfeits. Sorta like a certificate of authenticity that also mandated that the whiskey must be a product of a single distiller, aged in a government supervised warehouse for a minimum of 4 years and bottled at 100 proof.  Buffalo Trace states this recipe is made from malted barley and rye, and contains no corn in its mash bill.

Stacey seemed to really enjoy taking pictures of this bottle,

Colonel E. H. Taylor Straight Rye – $70 – Tasted on 10JAN2013

colonel e h taylor rye combo

Appearance
Jay:  Darker than amber, crystal clear
SD:  Beautiful deep amber

Nose
Jay:  Wow lots going on here, floral, and spice
SD:  Rich spicy molasses, rose petal, lush oak

Taste
Jay:  Spiced, gentle warming burn, oaky-ness, brown sugar caramelization
SD:  Chewy oak, milk caramel, fig and dates, intense black pepper

Finish
Jay:  Smooth and savory, tingle on the tip of my tongue
SD:  Long, velvety, big oak, touch of red pepper

Overall
Jay:  9/10  Best rye I have ever tasted
SD:  9/10  Wow! Just…Wow!  Fantastic!!

kruskis removing the ice

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2 Responses to Review: Colonel E.H Taylor Straight Rye

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  2. Phil Cannone says:

    I have finished off many bottles of rye whiskeys. I found a place in Panama City beach ( kwiker liquor ) that sells MANY brands of rye! This one stood out to me, it has the nose and bite of Russell’s 6 and the smooth finish as bulleit, both great whiskeys… E.h. Taylor is the love child…absolutely amazing!!! I would pay the price again for another bottle!

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