After a number of months of rumors and leaks, Buffalo Hint Distillery has formally introduced particulars on what may very well be its largest whiskey launch of 2020: Colonel E.H. Taylor 18 Yr Marriage Bourbon. This extreme-aged E.H. Taylor bourbon isn’t simply outdated—it’s one thing comparatively uncommon for the distillery: a cross-mashbill married whiskey.
A “mashbill” is one other title for the grain recipe used to make whiskey; single malts, as an example, are made with a mashbill of 100 p.c malted barley. Bourbon’s mashbill has to have at the very least 51 p.c corn; American rye has to have a mashbill of at the very least 51 p.c rye.
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What’s particular about this E. H. Taylor launch, nonetheless, is that it makes use of barrels of whiskey containing all three of Buffalo Hint’s bourbon mashbills, together with two rye recipes (a excessive rye and low rye) and the well-known wheated recipe, which is mostly related to Weller and Van Winkle bourbons.
The barrels used for this whiskey do have one factor in frequent: They have been all crammed and laid down in 2002—9 full years earlier than the primary E. H. Taylor bourbon was ever launched.
Even with nice whiskey, marrying three totally different mashbills collectively isn’t any simple activity; like mixing paint, it’s a lot simpler to get one thing ugly than one thing stunning. However Buffalo Hint doesn’t make errors with the E. H. Taylor line—and the proof is in its numerous awards.
Buffalo Hint is true to guard this title with solely good whiskey contemplating its namesake Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr., a founding father of the bourbon business who had his arms within the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897, in addition to within the designing of the primary climate-controlled growing old warehouses.
We haven’t had an opportunity to style this launch but, however offered tasting notes describe this bourbon as having “a nostril of vanilla butter cake, a style of caramel and cinnamon, and a end of toasted oak, cinnamon, and a touch of spearmint.”
It goes with out saying that that is going to be a nightmare to obtain—Buffalo Hint didn’t instantly verify, nevertheless it’s all however anticipated that this shall be a one-time launch—or at the very least a really uncommon one shared in very small provide.
That stated, the prompt retail value is $70, so contemplate it an enormous win in the event you discover it is a respectable liquor retailer when it goes on cabinets in June. Let’s hope Colonel Taylor has a number of extra weddings deliberate sooner or later.
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