Buffalo Trace Announces Colonel E.H. Taylor Barrel Proof Rye

Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. Barrel Proof Rye Whiskey eh whiskey buffalo trace distillery
Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. Barrel Proof Rye Whiskey.

Buffalo Trace Distillery has launched Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. Barrel Proof Rye Whiskey, a new uncut, unfiltered rye recipe joining the Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. lineup.

Aged at Buffalo Trace Distillery, this limited-edition release comes bottled at 126 proof.

Known as the “Father of the Modern Bourbon Industry,” Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr. purchased O.F.C. Distillery (now Buffalo Trace Distillery) in 1869. Here, the whiskey trailblazer crafted straight rye whiskey more than 100 years before its resurgence in the American whiskey landscape. He made a mark on the industry by modernizing, expanding and upgrading the plant with state-of-the-art grain equipment and a first-of-its-kind steam heating system still used in barrel warehouses in Buffalo Trace Distillery today. Taylor is celebrated for, among many things, playing an instrumental role in the passage of the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897.

“Colonel Taylor’s impact on the bourbon industry is immeasurable and, more than 130 years after the construction of his famous and innovative Warehouse C, Buffalo Trace Distillery remains committed to producing exceptional whiskey with the finest quality ingredients,” says Andrew Duncan, global brand director at Buffalo Trace Distillery. “Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. Barrel Proof Rye Whiskey is an exceptional uncut, unfiltered expression that pays homage to the E.H. Taylor’s pioneering vision.”

On the nose of this new release is white pepper and nutty undertones, with a touch of fresh floral and candied apricot, according to distillery notes. The palate brings sweet flavors, with dried stone fruit with pepper and oaky dryness. The finish continues the sweet flavors, including honey.

“Spirits enthusiasts know that there is no experience quite like tasting a whiskey in its truest, untouched form: straight from the barrel,” says Buffalo Trace Distillery master distiller Harlen Wheatley. “Barrel Proof Rye takes the beloved recipe of Colonel E.H. Taylor Straight Rye Whiskey to a new level and brings a new release that perfectly complements the E.H. Taylor, Jr. Collection.”

E.H. Taylor Barrel Proof Rye Whiskey is the 13th release to join the Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. lineup. Others include Single Barrel Bourbon, Sour Mash Bourbon, Warehouse C Tornado Surviving Bourbon, Four Grain Bourbon and more. Consistent with previous releases in the collection, the whiskey comes stored in the E.H. Taylor Jr. canister, which showcases a vintage label.

Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. Barrel Proof Rye Whiskey is available now, though quantities are limited. The suggested retail price is $77.99 per 750-ml. bottle.


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