After a couple of months of rumors and leaks, Buffalo Trace Distillery has formally introduced particulars on what may very well be its largest whiskey launch of 2020: Colonel E.H. Taylor 18 Yr Marriage Bourbon. This extreme-aged E.H. Taylor bourbon isn’t simply outdated—it’s one thing comparatively uncommon for the distillery: a cross-mashbill married whiskey.
A “mashbill” is one other title for the grain recipe used to make whiskey; single malts, for occasion, are made with a mashbill of 100 p.c malted barley. Bourbon’s mashbill has to have not less than 51 p.c corn; American rye has to have a mashbill of not less than 51 p.c rye.
What’s particular about this E. H. Taylor launch, nonetheless, is that it makes use of barrels of whiskey containing all three of Buffalo Trace’s bourbon mashbills, together with two rye recipes (a excessive rye and low rye) and the well-known wheated recipe, which is mostly related to Weller and Van Winkle bourbons.
The barrels used for this whiskey do have one factor in widespread: They had been all crammed and laid down in 2002—9 full years earlier than the first E. H. Taylor bourbon was ever launched.
Even with nice whiskey, marrying three totally different mashbills collectively isn’t any simple process; like mixing paint, it’s a lot simpler to get one thing ugly than one thing stunning. However Buffalo Trace doesn’t make errors with the E. H. Taylor line—and the proof is in its numerous awards.
Buffalo Trace is true to defend this title with solely good whiskey contemplating its namesake Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr., a founding father of the bourbon business who had his palms in the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897, in addition to in the designing of the first climate-controlled growing older warehouses.
We haven’t had an opportunity to style this launch but, however supplied 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.”
It goes with out saying that that is going to be a nightmare to procure—Buffalo Trace didn’t instantly verify, nevertheless it’s all however anticipated that this will probably be a one-time launch—or not less than a really uncommon one shared in very small provide.
That stated, the advised retail worth is $70, so take into account it an enormous win if you happen to discover this can be a respectable liquor retailer when it goes on cabinets in June. Let’s hope Colonel Taylor has a couple of extra weddings deliberate in the future.
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