Price Point: $70 – $80 for 750 ML
There’s just something about barrel proof bourbons that make me happy. And not just because of the alcohol content (I know some of you were thinking that). It’s usually because there’s more flavor packed in each sip than the average 80 proofer. I’ve rated both George T. Stagg and Abraham Bowman very high, mostly because of their complexity. The Colonel E.H. Taylor Jr. collection includes a Small Batch, a Single Barrel, and a Barrel Proof. Why not start with the biggest and boldest?
The nose starts out with dark cherries and big, strong charred oak. Colonel E.H. Taylor Barrel Proof is potent but still nice to nose in moderation. There’s also toffee and vanilla to add some sweet notes.
This dries out your mouth in an instant, if sipped without adding any water. This is obviously a high proof whiskey, but very, very tasty. There’s caramel and honey in Colonel E.H. Taylor, as well as more charred oak. There’s a nice little “zing” of rye, but nothing overpowering. This is a very sweet bourbon.
A little bit of burning on the outside of the tongue seals in the flavor for a long and satisfying finish. The rye makes its way back to cap off a very nice whiskey.
Rating & Recommendations
Colonel E.H. Taylor Barrel Proof is yet another high proof whiskey that earns a high rating from me; score it a 90 out of 100.
This bourbon packs a punch with a burst of flavor. You’ll be sweating after a sip or two, for sure. A very good bourbon in small portions.