Though tours at the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky may be curtailed right now whiskey production and bottling has not slowed down. The National Historic Landmark distillery was acquired in 1869 by Col. E.H. Taylor, Jr. and he renamed it the O.F.C. (Old Fire Copper) Distillery. Taylor who is often referred to as the Father of Modern Bourbon was not only known for his production techniques but was one of the early adopters in the United States of whiskey marketing and distillery tourism.
Now more than 150 years later Col. Taylor is still making headlines. Buffalo Trace has just announced the release of an 18 year old bourbon whiskey which is a marriage of three mashbills, two rye bourbon mashbills and one wheated bourbon mashbill that will bear his name.
The distillery says 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 provided by the distillery 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.
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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.
Like most of the previous releases, this one-time-only bottling of E. H. Taylor, Jr. 18 Year Old Marriage is very limited. The bottle displays a vintage label and is packaged inside a cylindrical canister reminiscent of Taylor’s whiskey package from over one hundred years ago. These six bottle cases will be shipped in a 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.
The Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. 18 Year Old Marriage Bottled-in-Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey will be available starting in June with a suggested retail price is $69.99 per 750 ml bottle.