Colonel E.H. Taylor Jr. Quadruple Review [Single Barrel, Small Batch, Barrel Proof, Straight Rye]

To start off, I’d like to thank /u/Devoz , /u/normallyimonimgur , and /u/kilrathi for the swaps.

If you read the bottom of any of the bottles of Colonel E.H. Taylor Jr that I’m reviewing today, you’ll find out his illustrious history. And I don’t think I could do it justice with self-deprecating jokes and wisecracks, nor with odd writing about dragons and/or dungeons.

What I will say is this: Without Colonel Edmund Hayes Taylor Jr., we wouldn’t have half the bourbon methods or techniques. Or rather we would, we just wouldn’t have had as long with all of them. He’s like if Da Vinci was actually listened to in his time. Or Aristarchus of Samos being listened to in the middle ages. Or even if I, /u/TOModera had been listened to in these days as… some guy who makes dick jokes on the Internet about whiskey.

Oh well, we can’t all be misguided geniuses.

None the less, I wasn’t able to swap for Cured Oak, Warehouse C Tornado, or Sour Mash. Guess I’ll have to review them in the future. But let’s see how Buffalo Trace has honoured the legacy of the Colonel.

And better yet, how the whiskey tastes.

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Up first we have Colonel E.H. Taylor Jr. Single Barrel. This whiskey is aged only in Warehouse C, which was built by the Colonel himself in 1881. It is a climate controlled aging house, and is well known as a great place to still age whiskey. Now the age may not seem like a long time to non-Colonialist, however take my word for it. It’s old to us.

This is Buffalo Trace’s mash bill #1, like all (save for the Rye) Colonel E.H. Taylor Jr. whiskeys.

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Price: Not currently available at the LCBO

Region: Kentucky

Abv: 50%

Colour: 5YR 3/6

Nose: Roasted corn, sea air, orange, oak, peach jam, caramel, cassia buds

Initially it has this flavour of a BBQ corn that smells amazing. It takes some time, however eventually there’s fruit, caramel, and just a hint of cinnamon (that’s the cassia buds).

Less caramel than the Small batch, more unique, and stronger notes overall. There’s also just a wisp of iodine (that means a little). Not as beefy as the Barrel Proof, and less floral/citrus-y than the Straight Rye.

Taste: Orange, brown sugar, hard candy, wood, clotted cream, plum, peach

The orange really comes through on this one, yet it’s less hot than the others. More like liking a freshly polished table (don’t do this).

Less nutty than the Small Batch, however stronger flavours than it. Completely different from the Barrel Proof, it’s hard to say they are even the same juice. Shares the citrus aspects with the Straight Rye, however not as earthy (or earthy at all)

Finish: Butter, raspberry, carrot, oak, hot, dry, pear, anise

So buttery. Now it’s hot and dry, yet that works in the finish. There’s spice, a good amount of sweetness, and even some nice oak elements.

Similar, again, to the Small Batch, yet this has more tartness and is dryer. It’s more put together. The Barrel Proof and this are two different beasts. This is more of a cake with fruit in it or a Chardonnay finish. Same with the Straight Rye; the Single Barrel is it’s own whiskey again.

Conclusion: This ends up being the odd ball of the group, and I enjoyed it. They were able to tame some of the more “troublesome” parts of the dram while making a very unique sipper. I wish there was more spice, personally, however otherwise it’s quite tasty.


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For my second trick, I’ll be reviewing Colonel E.H. Taylor Jr. Small Batch. Again, these are aged in Warehouse C according to the website. After it was fixed from the tornado.

Small Batch has no legal definition. It typically means a Small Amount of barrels, however what the amount is up to you. This is launched each year, without a numbering system, so it could just be fluff.

Granted it is Bottled in Bond, like all of the whiskeys (save one), which means that it does follow some standards.

So, let’s see how it stacks up, shall we?

Granted I’ll be writing this after my cat just farted in my face, so please excuse me if I’m having trouble.

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Price: Not currently available at the LCBO

Region: Kentucky

Abv: 50%

Colour: 5YR 3/8

Nose: Caramel, honey, pine nuts, Wheetabix, cashew, rosemary

Very caramel and sweet liquid forward. I almost said Cheerios over Wheetabix, however the Honey/Caramel notes never really combine with the cereal notes to make that jump. So… sorry to you Cheerio fans.

Less interesting than the other three whiskies. At it’s heart, this has a nutty, sweet, and cereal note, with some rosemary thrown in for you people who put herbs on your cereal.

Nut jobs.

Taste: Peanuts, molasses, hot, orange, toffee, walnut oil

Again, nutty, some sweet liquid, and hot. The Orange notes are back again. Bastards.

The Orange is somewhat reminiscent of the Single Barrel, however it’s a little duller here (which I prefer). Doesn’t come close to the Barrel Strength in terms of uniqueness or flavour strength. The Straight Rye seems more put together than this dram.

Still tasty though, and the toffee aspect is a nice addition here.

Finish: Smoke, tangerine, papaya, mint, oak, butter

Smooth finish, with mostly fruit and oak in it. There’s a little butter and mint as time goes one. Both are nice, though the mint doesn’t seem to work as well here as others.

Shorter than both the Single Barrel and Barrel Proof. It has the minty aspect of the Barrel Proof and Straight Rye, which while I mock it, it does has some nice aspects. It just didn’t work as well in the Small Batch as others

Conclusion: Probably not my favourite of the bunch, this is still a nice dram. It’s a little too hot, and just misses some of the nice aspects that the other drams have. Overall I’d pass on this one for the others, though it was still nice to sip.


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Colonel E.H. Taylor Jr. Barrel Proof is the grand daddy of them all. So powerful I actually stopped at this one, waited a day, punched myself in the gonad and then reviewed the Straight Rye after. Why? Because that’s how you review whiskey like a man, dammit!

Wait, I meant to say idiot there. Oh well. Too late now.

This whiskey is suppose to be “the way whiskey was made before the days of Prohibition”. And if that’s the case, I can see why there were alcoholics. I’m pretty sure this stuff sent me to the moon. I woke up happy, dizzy, and at least 2 other dwarves that are pornographic in nature and now possibly banned by the rules of reddit.

Suffice to say, it’s strong stuff. So let’s see how it tastes, shall we?

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Price: Not currently available at the LCBO

Region: Kentucky

Abv: 67.7%

Colour: 10R 3/6

Nose: Cherry, oak, ginger, peach, toast, vanilla ice cream, varnish, butter

So this is different. It’s big cherry flavours, mixed with spice, cream, vanilla, and butter. Like a Cornish Sunday (not a Sex Move), this smells amazing.

Bigger flavours than the Single Barrel and Small Batch. Gone are the acidic citrus notes and replacing them are bready, almost complete notes. Really tasty. It’s less earthy and citrusy than the Straight Rye as well.

Taste: Cherry, oak, caramel, cocoa, salt, habanero

Right, so the others are cirtus, and this goes nuts with cherry and oak. That’s where they compare.

It also takes the heat of the alcohol and changes it into a nice peppery flavour, which is a first amongst these. The earthiness of the Straight Rye is mixed with sweet notes to make cocoa.


Finish: Wheat, icing, hot, caramel, eucalyptus, chocolate, melon, cranberry, oak

Unique is a double edged sword. I like and don’t like some of the big notes. It’s herbal and wheat mixed with icing and chocolate. So basically a Quaker granola bar. Parts I like, parts I don’t.

The mint is now more eucalyptus, the fruit is more pronounced, and the oak is less present than the others. This really does end up amping up the other drams.

Conclusion: My favourite of the bunch, this takes a really nice mixture of flavours and blends them together better than the rest. I love it. I’d say buy this one before the rest, as it’s that big, beefy whiskey that won’t let you down.


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Finally we have the oddball of the group, Colonel E.H. Taylor Jr. Straight Rye. It is made with a different mashbill (High Rye) versus the others which only have about 10% rye in them, bottled in bond and potentially aged somewhere else.

Made to be different than Sazerac Rye, this whiskey has more rye in it, and may even be the only whiskey made with this mash bill. And that’s really all I can find.

So, it’s a rye from days long past. Let’s see how it tastes, shall we?

Price: Not currently available at the LCBO

Region: Kentucky

Abv: 50%

Colour: 7/5YR 5/8

Nose: Orange, lilac, plum, cassia buds, mace, squash, brown sugar, cement blocks

Think more of a floral and fruity rye than a spicy rye. They’ve been able to age this in a delicate way. It’s not bombastic.

The orange is similar to the others, yet the light spice notes (cassia buds and mace) aren’t omnipresent. Which is why I said mace and cassia buds instead of nutmeg and cinnamon.

Feel free to wikipedia them.

Taste: Creamsicle, floral, lemon, nutmeg, cardamom, mushroom

The good? The orange has mixed with the cream and created a complex, really nice flavour. The floral and spice are switching places, and make this interesting.

The bad? Unlike the other whiskies, this has an ugly earthy note that just doesn’t fit. Where as the others may have had a little, this is your cousin coming over and shitting on your couch while drinking all your beer and fucking your dog.

Finish: Pepper, ginger, orange, oak, turnip, cocoa, mint, raspberry water

Very light raspberry as time goes one. Short finish, which is too bad, as the others had a longer finish (save for the Small Batch). The earth is back, yet it makes a cocoa flavour like the Barrel Proof did bfore.

I actually like this one. It cuts down the earth at the end to the right amount

Conclusion: Don’t expect a rye with big spices. This is, in fact, a different rye than what we typically receive. There’s a way to have Rye act like a Lowland Scotch, which gives a floral element to it. I like it, yet there are earthiness issues that can’t go unmentioned.

So if you want to try a different type of rye, this is it. If not, stick to Sazerac.


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