Price Point: $30 – $40 for 750 ML
Many times when reviewing a family of whiskeys, I like to start from the bottom (relatively speaking) and move my way up. Many times I will review the younger whiskey first, and move to the older one to show the progression in the barrel.
In the case of Colonel E.H. Taylor Jr.’s portfolio, I started at the “top” with the Barrel Proof release, and am now moving to the “bottom” with the Small Batch. Sometimes my OCD just can’t sort these types of things out. Next on the list is the Single Barrel, but that will have to wait for another time.
When nosing this whiskey, I quickly noticed how sweet and crisp it is. Colonel Taylor Small Batch is akin to Bowman Brothers Bourbon on the nose. It has nice charred oak characteristics, and the corn, rye, and wheat are all harmoniously evident.
There’s sweet corn and charred oak in the taste of this bourbon. It’s well-balanced and at an ideal proof (for my tastes). It’s not too high where it dries your mouth out, but not too low where you can’t taste your whiskey. Colonel Taylor Small Batch has a little black cherry on the tail-end to round out its taste.
The finish is pleasant – peppery and nice with a decent length.
Rating & Recommendations
Colonel Taylor Small Batch stacks up among the top-shelf bourbons I have reviewed, earning a rating of 87 out of 100.
This is one of the nicer small batch bourbons out there, and certainly reasonably priced.