E. H. Taylor, Jr. Warehouse C Tornado Surviving Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bottled in Bond
What the Distillery Says:
On Sunday evening, April 2, 2006, a severe storm tore through Central Kentucky, damaging two Buffalo Trace Distillery aging warehouses. Fortunately, no one was injured and Warehouse “B” was empty at the time. However, Warehouse “C” sustained significant damage to its roof and north brick wall. Warehouse “C” is one of the most treasured warehouses on property, built by Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr. in 1881. While the strong storm raged across the Distillery, the bourbon barrels stood strong, never budging from their resting spots. That summer, the barrels patiently waited while the roof and wall repairs took place. The barrels sat exposed to the Central Kentucky climate for months as the sun and wind took their toll. During the summer of 2006 weather inevitably contributed to increased evaporation, wood interaction and rich flavors in this bourbon whiskey. The angel’s share amounted to an astonishingly high 63.9% loss.
On nose, the aroma of dried fig and cloves jump from the glass initially along with plenty of baking spice and an oaky dryness provides balance that quickly builds anticipation for a taste. A small sip fills the mouth with jam-like cooked fruit, vanilla and a touch of smoke. The finish quickly builds in dark spices until the end as hints of tobacco leave you with the final impressions of this bourbon.
What Richard Says:
Nose: Dark berries drizzled with vanilla and tree sap.
Palate: Initially it’s something that reminds me of IHOP. There is a lot of vanilla and mint but also something that makes me think of the mixing all the various IHOP syrups (maple, boysenberry, strawberry, etc.) A pancake suicide?
Finish: This finished very clean and dry with just a little spicy oak. Very easy going down…dangerously so.
Comments: This was actually the first of the new Taylor series that I tried even though it is the third release. This one is still my favorite. It reminds me the old Eagle Rare 101 from back in the day.
Rating: Stands Out