Buffalo Trace Releases 12 Year Old, E.H. Taylor 4 Grain Bourbon
Buffalo Trace Distillery has released a 9th bourbon in its Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. collection with a bourbon whiskey made using a four grain recipe. This limited edition release is 100 proof, Bottled-In-Bond, small batch that was aged for 12 years.
The four grain recipe includes corn, rye, wheat, and malted barley. The bourbon was distilled in 2005, entered into the barrel at 104 proof, and has a distinctly different flavor profile from the typical rye and wheat recipe bourbons made at Buffalo Trace Distillery. The distillery says these four grains were chosen since they are the grains E. H. Taylor would have had access to when he set up shop at the O.F.C. Distillery (now Buffalo Trace) in the late 1800s. During the 1860s, Taylor wore many hats including banker, Mayor of Frankfort, state representative to the Kentucky General Assembly, member of the State Senate and trader of grains. His grain dealings taught him that grains can vary tremendously from different farmers and harvests. He was also the great-nephew of the 12th President of the United States, President Zachary Taylor.
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“We wanted to extract everything we like from both the rye and the wheat mashbills we currently use and combine them to see how they react,” said Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley. “Not surprisingly, it added complexity to the finished product.”
Tasting notes describe this bourbon as “opening with an inviting aroma, with the first sip bringing a lot of character. Caramel notes are touched by sweet vanilla and caramel corn, then underwritten by slightly smoky flavors and oak tannins. It maintains a smooth evenness between the four grains interacting with the charred oak barrel. Overall, quite different yet very balanced.”
The Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. collection was first released in early 2011 and several subsequent releases have followed. This Four Grain Bourbon is the ninth and latest release in the collection of E. H. Taylor, Jr. whiskeys.
Colonel E.H. Taylor Jr. Whiskey Collection
- H. Taylor, Jr. Cured Oak*
- H. Taylor, Jr. Seasoned Wood*
- H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch
- H. Taylor, Jr. Four Grain
- H. Taylor, Jr. Single Barrel
- H. Taylor, Jr. Barrel Proof
- H. Taylor, Jr. Straight Rye
- H. Taylor, Jr. Old Fashioned Sour Mash*
- H. Taylor, Jr. Warehouse C Tornado Surviving
The whiskeys marked with an * were one-time only releases and are no longer available.
Another release of the Four Grain Bourbon will be released again in Spring of 2018.
Like some of the previous releases, this limited edition will be hard to find. The Four Grain Bourbon displays a vintage label and is offered inside a distinct canister reminiscent of Taylor’s whiskey package from over 100 years ago.
These six bottle cases will again be shipped in an impressive wooden box first used for the Cured Oak release. The boxes are modeled after the wooden crates used by Taylor to transport goods during the days before Prohibition.
This special bottling of Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Four Grain Bourbon Whiskey will be available starting in April. The suggested retail price is $69.99 per 750ml bottle.