2020 might be a disaster for most people, but fortunately whiskey takes far more than one year to age. Despite the pandemic, the Buffalo Trace Distillery managed to unveil their latest addition to the limited release Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. collection. Meet the 18 Year Old Marriage Bourbon Whiskey.
Blends are in these days and BuffTrace’s new bottling is no exception. In a departure from their past offerings, the 18 Year Marriage is blend of three bourbon mashbills, all laid down in 2002: two rye-based, one wheated. The 100 proof juice checks the Bottled-In-Bond box as well.
We haven’t tried the bourbon yet, but the official tasting notes describe “nose of vanilla butter cake, a taste of caramel and cinnamon, and a finish of toasted oak, cinnamon, and a hint of spearmint.”
As readers likely surmised, the spirit is named after Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr. Taylor was an early owner-operator of what is now the Buffalo Trace Distillery. Whiskey historians consider him a patriarch of bourbon and celebrate his staunch advocacy of Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897.
The Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. collection was launched in 2011. Past releases in the range include Single Barrel, Barrel Proof, Straight Rye Whiskey, Small Batch Bourbon, and E. H. Taylor, Jr. Four Grain Bourbon.
Scheduled for a June release, Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. 18 Year Old Marriage Bourbon Whiskey is priced reasonably (by collectible bourbon standards) at an MSRP of $69.95 if you can find it.