Latest Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. Bourbon Is Announced - The Whiskey Wash

Latest Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. Bourbon Is Announced

By Nino Marchetti / July 11, 2019

The Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. American whiskeys over the years for Buffalo Trace have proven to be a resounding success as far as offerings go, particularly some of the ones which are rarer in scope. The collection first began in 2011, and several subsequent releases have followed. We are now onto the tenth release in this line up, taking the form of a bourbon whose mash bill includes a rarer grain type used as the flavoring grain instead of rye.

The new Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Amaranth Bourbon Whiskey, according to those behind it, makes use of Amaranth as a grain type alongside the more traditional corn (Buffalo Trace Mashbill #1) and malted barley. Amaranth was originally cultivated by the Aztecs and is called “the Grain of the Gods.” It is similar to wheat, but is said to offer “a complex taste with subtle flavors ranging from a nose of butterscotch and spearmint, to a finish of pecans and dark berries.”

This particular release from Buffalo Trace is being described as a 100 proof, bottled-in-bond expression that was aged over a decade and is a special one-time-only offering. Also consistent with past releases, the Amaranth Bourbon displays a vintage label and is offered inside a distinct canister reminiscent of Taylor’s whiskey package from over one hundred years ago.

Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Amaranth Bourbon Whiskey

Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Amaranth Bourbon Whiskey (image via Buffalo Trace)

These six bottle cases will again be shipped in an impressive wooden box first used for the Cured Oak release.  The boxes are modeled after the wooden crates used by Taylor to transport goods during the days before Prohibition.

As it stands now plans call for this bourbon to be available later this month in limited numbers for a price point of around $70 per 750 ml bottle. Limited official tasting notes suggest “fresh spearmint on the nose, followed by honey, with a hint of cherry.  On the palate, coffee and vanilla come through.  The finish is long, with oats and honey.”