Colonel EH Taylor Jr Small Batch Background
Colonel EH Taylor Jr Small Batch is second review from the Colonel EH Taylor Jr lineup. I previously reviewed Colonel EH Taylor Jr Barrel Proof, Colonel EH Taylor Jr Single Barrel and this is a similar expression of that except vatted from multiple barrels. Like the Single Barrel, this is Bottled in Bond meaning the whiskey is distilled from one plant during one season and aged in a federally bonded warehouse for at least four years. Taylor was an advocate of government regulations on Bourbon and he is credited in helping to make the Bottled in Bond Act law in 1897. Taylor was also a pioneer in raising quality and standards for Bourbon, which makes sense why he pushed to establish quality standards in law.
This line is bottled by Buffalo Trace and the connection here is Taylor received financing from George T Stagg. Taylor fell in financial problems and Stagg foreclosed on his the O.F.C. Distillery. The properties would later become a part of today’s Buffalo Trace and the company is commemorating Taylor with this line of Bourbons.
No Age Statement. Bottled at 50%. Buffalo Trace’s #1 Mash of about less than 10% rye. MSRP – $39.99 (2016 Price)
Vanilla. Caramel. Green apples. Smells fruity, sweet, with a little wood.
Oak barreled Apple cider, Sweet. Buttery. Caramel and vanilla comes through well. Some hot cinnamon and toffee, and burnt sugars in there. A little tartness in the finish with some drying astringency. Some water bring out more sweetness and cools off the hot cinnamon and spice.
I’m enjoying this bottle of Colonel EH Taylor Jr Small Batch, although I get a touch of nail polish remover that’s keeping me from really liking it. Like a lot of Buffalo Trace offerings, this is fruity with nice sweetness and typical bourbon caramel and vanilla characteristics. This has some nice complexity and a pleasant drinking low-rye Bourbon. Also, like the entire Colonel EH Taylor Jr line, this bottle comes with a very nice tube container giving it a classy touch.
The big question to me how Colonel EH Taylor Jr Small Batch stacks up against Colonel EH Taylor Jr Single Barrel? I find my bottles to be pretty similar. Small Batch seems a little sweeter while Single Barrel to me is a little better mouthfeel and a little more of that hot cinnamon. I prefer the Single Barrel, but I don’t think it’s worth an extra $20. Colonel EH Taylor Jr Small Batch is I think the best value. I’ll probably keep this one around.
Buy Again – 4.5/5.0 Rating
(My 5 point scale: Pass, Try a Glass, Buy a Bottle, Buy Again, Shut Up and Take My Money – Bottle price is taken into consideration for recommendations.)
Buying Options and Further Research
This is a low rye bourbon and it’s fairly unique category. Some similar alternatives in this price range would be Eagle Rare 10. It has the same mash bill as Colonel EH Taylor Jr Small Batch. As mentioned you could try the Colonel EH Taylor Jr Single Barrel for a chunk of change more, but I’d suggest starting out here. Elmer T Lee is a higher rye recipe, but similar I think. As is Bowman Brothers Small Batch and Russell’s Reserve 10. Those are some options that should help you out if you’re looking to do some alternatives to Colonel EH Taylor Jr Small Batch.