Colonel E.H. Taylor Jr. Old Fashioned Sour Mash Bourbon

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Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor Jr. was not only the great-nephew of President Zachary Taylor and the man who introduced the first climate-controlled whiskey-aging warehouse, he also patented a unique method of souring the mash for his bourbon. In 2002, a number of retired Buffalo Trace employees began reminiscing about Taylor’s old-time methods. They decided to re-create a one-time offering of his sour mash bourbon. Nine years later, it was ready for bottling. At 100 proof, cherries push through the alcohol with oak and citrus in tow; adding ice brings out floral notes. Nostalgically packaged (“Let the Label Tell the Truth,” the outside canister proclaims, as did the Colonel’s original packaging nearly 100 years ago), the bourbon exudes Taylor’s powerful personality, both inside and outside the bottle. ($70)

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