Bourbon By Nino Marchetti / March 19, 2015 The Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. bourbon brand holds a special place in the vast Buffalo Trace line up, being in popularity just slightly less then the very hard to get hold of Antique Collection. This is particularly true of the one off releases from the Taylor line up, such as the legendary Warehouse C Tornado Surviving Bourbon. Another limited edition bottling is now set to follow in the footsteps of the Warehouse expression, and it is known as the Cured Oak Bourbon.The Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Cured Oak Bourbon is a 17-year-old American whiskey, bottled in bond, that was aged inside special “cured oak” bourbon barrels. What exactly is cured oak, you might ask? Here is how Buffalo Trace describes it in press materials:The barrel staves used for this special release were allowed to dry outside in the open air for 13 months, more than twice as long as standard barrel staves. Most white oak barrel staves used for Buffalo Trace’s bourbons are placed outside for 6 months before being fashioned into whiskey barrels. Collaborating with barrel manufacturer Independent Stave Company back in 1998, this extra aging curing process allowed the wood to dry even longer, eventually allowing the whiskey to extract more rich and complex flavors deep within the oak.The bourbon, bottled at 100 proof, was allowed to age in the distillery’s C Warehouse, and debuts as the “the seventh and latest release in the collection of E. H. Taylor, Jr. whiskeys, rounding out the collection of Old Fashioned Sour Mash Bourbon, Single Barrel Bourbon, Warehouse C Tornado Surviving Bourbon, Barrel Proof Bourbon, Straight Rye Whiskey, and Small Batch Bourbon..” Besides the Warehouse C, the Sour Mash bourbon was also a one off bottling.Pricing at around $70 per 750 ml bottle, this whiskey comes in the usual tube packaging the E.H. Taylor, Jr. releases are known for. The box you see pictured in this story with it is designed to hold six of these tubes, “modeled after the wooden crates used by Taylor to transport goods during the days before Prohibition,” and it isn’t immediately clear if that will be available to the public (my guess is it will most likely be used for in-store displays by retailers). The bourbon will be available by the end of March. Below you’ll find a few tasting notes via Buffalo Trace.This bourbon whiskey delivers an aroma rich with inviting tobacco and dried fruit. A complex flavor meets the mouth with well-rounded notes of vanilla, toffee, and figs, followed by undertones of dry oak. The body is medium with a long, dry finish.