23 May

Color: Toffee

Nose: Peaches and Cream Corn, Vanilla, Oak, Caramel Apples, and a bit of spice

Taste: Corn, Orange Peel, Nuts, Oak, Spicy Rye, and Caramel Apples

Finish: Smooth Long Finish sweet with a nice strong Oak note.

Score: Sam – 8.5/10.0

I got to try this while I was in Topeka for yet another round of training for work. This definitely helped to ease my time there. A little back story before we start. Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr. is considered to be one of the founding fathers of the bourbon industry. His started distilling at the end of the Civil War when he purchased O.F C. Distillery. He was an innovative distiller that invented some of the very same methods that we use today. Colonel E.H. Taylor is made by hand, and aged inside some of the original warehouses constructed by E.H. Taylor, Jr..  We have to assume that a Bourbon named after a distiller with this kind of legacy has to be exceptional. It earned a score of 97 points at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge, which is  2 points higher than the Pappy Van Winkle 23.

This has a nice toffee dolor. The first smell is sweet corn, reminiscent of peaches and cream corn. The corn is followed by orange, nuts, oak, and caramel apples. The spice rye note was very nice, and complimented the other aromas quite nicely. After a few minutes of nosing it was time for the first sip.

I started neat as usual. It has a lot of the rye spice that dominates the taste and is a little to heavy for my palette. I like spice but this was a little to over the top for me. Next, i added water, just a little added vigorously. This was in my opinion the best way to drink it. It has a nice balanced flavor that really seems to open up with water. I also tried pouring it over ice, this made it to sweet in my opinion and washed out the other flavors to much.

The finish seems to be the best with just added water too. Neat, it is all spice and a hint of oak. With water it is sweet with a nice strong oak finish. Over ice it is just sweet and watery.

I was really quite impressed with this Bourbon. I can’t say it is the best I have ever had, but it is definitely one of the good ones. I’d love to try some of the other expressions, but this is one of those Bourbons that are hard to find. If you see it on a shelf pick up a bottle, you won’t regret it. I personally will be keeping an eye out for this one and the other expressions when I hit the liquor store.

I welcome your thoughts and opinions. Review suggestions are welcome.

Until Next Time,

Slàinte Mhath!


Posted by on May 23, 2015 in Bourbon, Reviews, whiskey


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  1. H.W. MacNaughton

    May 23, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    hi Sam, sounds like a worthy dram. I have to check the Waffle guys and see what bourbons they are on to. I got interested in Bourbon & asked for a recommendation locally and brought home another ‘small batch’ (Jefferson). It was pretty good but I think this Taylor might be a better pick – I’ll look for it once we’ve trimmed the herd a bit. (Time for a neighborhood tasting).


    • samuelstyve

      May 23, 2015 at 10:47 pm

      Pat if you are in the states I have a few Suggestions, if not I’ll throw a lot more at you to try and help you out. If nothing else, there is always Fed-Ex and bottle swapping!


      • H.W. MacNaughton

        May 24, 2015 at 4:07 am

        Yep I am in the US, I live in Portland OR. Sure send me some recommendations.


      • samuelstyve

        May 25, 2015 at 8:48 pm

        Have you tried Westward? I just got to try it over the weekend and WOW! Westward is an Oregon Straight single malt. It’s quite good. Just think of it as whiskey, not whisky.



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