Tasted: Neat, with side by side tasting of Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year
This release by Buffalo Trace Distillery went through a variety of special seasoning processes, including barrels made from staves that were immersed in an enzyme rich bath with water heated to 100 degrees. After spending time in this, the staves were then placed into kilns and dried until they reached and ideal humidity level for crafting barrels. Other staves were seasoned outdoors for six months, and still others were left outdoors for a full 12 months before being made into barrels. This 100 proof, bottled-in-bond, small batch wheated bourbon was supposedly “aged well over a decade” and is a one time, limited release. The mashbill of this wheated bourbon is not the same as the van winkle line. Suggested retail is $70. Let’s see what this bottle has to offer…….
Nose: Big fruit. Berries. Caramel. Oak. Ginger?
Palate: Light mouth-feel. Black pepper. Bitter oak. Caramel. Vanilla. Herbs.
Finish: Medium. Dry. Vanilla. Caramel.
Grade: 80 – 84 (B-) = Not-too-bad, No major flaws, worth tasting
The Colonel E.H. Taylor Seasoned Wood came out with high expectations. A limited release, wheated bourbon from the same distillery that produces Pappy Van Winkle sounded like a winner. Unfortunately, this is just a okay pour. Nothing special about it in my opinion. For the retail price you can find other wheated bourbons for half the price with equivalent or better taste. Definitely not worth the secondary market value. I did a side by side tasting with an Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year Wheated Bourbon (review coming soon…) and it blew the Seasoned Wood out of the water. No comparison on depth of flavors and complexity.Bourbon, bourbon blog, bourbon ranking, bourbon review, cleveland, Colonel E.H. Taylor, Colonel E.H. Taylor Seasoned Wood Review, review, Whiskey blog, Whiskey review