Buffalo Trace Announces Second Release of 2018 Whiskey of the Year

Buffalo Trace Distillery has announced a second, limited release of its award-winning E. H. Taylor, Jr. Four Grain Bourbon Whiskey, available this spring.

This is the last call for this bourbon, as there are no plans of further releases in the near future.

The first version was released in the Spring of 2017 and was named The 2018 World Whiskey of the Year by Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible.


The E. H. Taylor Four Grain was made from a bourbon recipe using corn, rye, wheat, and malted barley. These four grains were chosen since they are the grains E. H. Taylor would have had access to when he set up shop at Buffalo Trace (then the O.F.C. Distillery) in the late 1800s, the company says. During the 1860s, Taylor traded in grains and learned that they can vary tremendously from different farmers and harvests. 

The Four Grain has been described as having a nose reminiscent of a chocolate roast malt, a flash of spice attached to barely perceptible ulmo honey, followed by a taste complemented by deeper Manuka honey and licorice notes. The finish is said to be a “slow, lightly oiled, gently spiced chocolate fade, which goes on and on.”


The E. H. Taylor Four Gain is a small batch bourbon aged for 13 years, 100 proof, Bottled-In-Bond. Suggested retail pricing is $69.99 per 750-ml. bottle, the same as the first Four Grain release last year. It is part of the Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. collection, first released in early 2011 with several subsequent releases since then.

The Four Grain Bourbon displays a vintage label and is offered inside a canister reminiscent of Taylor’s whiskey package from more than 100 years ago. These six-bottle cases will be shipped in a wooden box modeled after the wooden crates used by Taylor to transport goods during the days before Prohibition.

Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr. is widely considered one of the founding fathers of the bourbon industry, fighting for the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897, nearly three decades after he purchased the distillery that is known today as the Buffalo Trace Distillery. During his time, Taylor implemented several innovative methods still used today by Buffalo Trace, such as climate-controlled aging warehouses. 

This special bottling of Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Four Grain Bourbon Whiskey will be available this spring in limited supply.


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