Updated: Jun 19, 2020
Score: 9.1 / 10
Distillery: Buffalo Trace
Type: Bonded Kentucky Straight
Aged 11 years and 7 months in new American oak casks, this is a good bourbon and one of the best whiskey brands you buy when you find it. EH Taylor has a large line of allocated whiskey and, while not highly allocated, this on is no different. Assuming your cost is under $80 you shoud snag it when you see it.
Bottled in Bond guarantees that you get at least 4 years of aging and exactly 100 proof. Listed as BT's Mashbill #1, which is their low rye, or normal bourbon. The craftsmanship on this line of whiskeys is as legendary as the man himself. Taylor was a huge supporter and lobbied for the "Bottled in Bond" act. Which makes it interesting that the first whiskey, Old Taylor 6yr was not a BIB bourbon. While I do also enjoy the the EHT Small Batch as one of my go to "Table Whiskeys" this is EVEN BETTER! Single Barrels can vary, but being bottled in bond should take some of the variety out of this one.
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Nose: Instant brown sugar fills my nostrils. Also present, oak, vanilla, butterscotch and bubble gum. Some ethanol, but not overpowering
Palate: vanilla, oak and raisin cookies are the most prevalent, tannic / leathery, baking spices appear on the back end.
Finish: Nice long finish. Hard to remember it's not in your mouth anymore. Brown sugar, oak, leather and various spices. Leaves you wanting more.
Scale: S+ Sensational - The Pinnacle (9.5+)
A - AXEceptional (astounding) (9-9.5)
B - bravo (step aBove average) (8-8.9)
C - competent (7-7.9)
D - disappointing (6-6.9)
F - flush it down the toilet (fail) (5.9 below)
Notes: Availability? Rare. Possible to find on shelves, but will be gone very quickly. If you see it, you snap it up, period.