Buffalo Trace has announced the one-time release of Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Warehouse C Bourbon.
Available this spring, the special bottling is another honoring of Col. Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr., who left his mark on the distillery and the bourbon industry as a whole.
This 10-year-old Bottled in Bond bourbon aged in Warehouse C, built by Col. Taylor in 1885.
“We know Col. Taylor had a lot of pride and affection for Warehouse C, as evidenced by his attention for detail, especially on the exterior with the architectural features,” says Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley. “Fortunately, it’s a really good aging warehouse for bourbon too, so not only does the warehouse look good, it produces some of our best whiskies. This year’s release of the Warehouse C bourbon is no exception.”
Warehouse C has become the focal point of tours and advertisements. Located across from the visitor center, the 136-year-old brick-and-limestone warehouse has withstood floods, blizzards, 100-degree Fahrenheit days and even a tornado. It is six floors, holding a total of 24,000 barrels.
Barrels in the E.H. Taylor Jr. Warehouse C all aged for ten years in the center of Warehouse C, with half of them coming from the 2nd floor and the other half from the 5th floor.
The second floor ricks are very tight, and the floor is very dry — ideal for 10- to 15-year-old products, the company says. The fifth floor of Warehouse C is a well-rounded aging floor with windows all the way around, providing air flow throughout the floor. There is ample sunlight through these windows, which helps heat up the warehouse and the aging process.
On the nose of E.H. Taylor Jr. Warehouse C is cherry cobbler with rum sauce and a hint of oak, the company reports. The palate is cherry cola, vanilla bean and toasted oak, before a finish with a hint of spearmint, coffee, raisin bread and anise.
As with past releases, this bottle displays a vintage label, and comes in a canister reminiscent of Taylor’s whiskey package from a century ago. The six-bottle cases ship in a wooden box modeled after the wooden crates used by Taylor to transport goods during the days before Prohibition.
Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Warehouse C Bourbon Whiskey will hit retail shelves in early June. The suggested retail price is $69.99 per 750-ml. bottle.