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Review: E.H. Taylor Jr. Old Fashioned Sour Mash

May 7th, 2011

Photo courtesy of Buffalo Trace Distillery

E.H. Taylor Jr. Old Fashioned Sour Mash, 50%, $70

This first limited-edition Taylor release attempts to recreate the “sour mash” process used a century ago. Sweet on the nose and palate (fruit gumdrops, sweet corn, vanilla wafer). Spicy too (cinnamon, evergreen), and clinging on the palate. The sweetness is rescued late, with a firm, dry oak finish. Reminds me of an exhilarating rollercoaster ride that puts the brakes on at the end. Not the most balanced, but certainly distinctive.

Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 88

9 Responses to “Review: E.H. Taylor Jr. Old Fashioned Sour Mash”

  1. Rick Duff says:

    Wow… fancy bottling and mighty expensive.
    Any idea of age?

    • Chris says:

      All the reports and reviews I’ve seen that have stated an age have said it’s 9 years old

  2. Red_Arremer says:

    *Exactly* like independently bottled scotch presentation– tall basic scotch bottle, tube and everything! Do they have an eye on the indy single malt crowd with this one?

    • John Hansell says:

      It’s modeled after the original E.H. Talyor bottles. The labels, for sure.

      • Red_Arremer says:

        I’m looking at some pics of old bottles and ads and you’re right. The old bottles are a little squater and have those long faceted plates up the neck like the current sazerac rye bottles– Some people these days don’t think stuff like “fake cut crystal” is tasteful so hence, I guess, the change.

  3. Vince says:

    I have had the pleasure of tasting this and really enjoy this Whiskey. I agree with your review John, although I think I found the finish to be longer and more worthwhile than you, but overall it rates in the high 80’s for sure.
    Also, nice touch in reviewing a Kentucky Bourbon on Derby Day!

    • John Hansell says:

      It’s not that the finish isn’t long. In fact, it is rather long. The point I was trying to make with the rollercoaster reference is that it went from sweet to dry and oaky rather abruptly (like a rollercoaster at the end of the ride).

  4. Eric says:

    This is by far the most attractive bottle of bourbon on my shelf. I haven’t had the wherewithal to disturb that delightful packaging yet. Perhaps if the Grizzlies win the title…

  5. vic says:

    having been rained out for a golf outing i stopped by one of my county liquor stores. i had read about this bourbon and there on the shelf were six bottles. $57 per. they are now mine. had the clerk check the system and there were no other bottles in the county. i think it is one of the best bourbons i have tried and i have tried most if not all. the one word i would use is sweet and very smooth. that is four words but right on. really phenomenal stuff.

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