Released in 2015, Colonel E.H. Taylor Cured Oak Bourbon is aged inside oak barrels made with staves cured for 13 months, more than twice as long as typical barrel staves. This extended curing process extracts the rich characters deep within the wood. Barrels were aged inside of Warehouse C which is a cooler brick and mortar warehouse. The barrel are supposedly filled with Buffalo Trace’s mashbill #1 (low rye) and aged to 17 years.
Nose: Caramel. Vanilla. Banana. Brown sugar. Cherry. Fresh oak.
Palate: Same caramel, vanilla, and cherry that I found on the nose. Dry wood. Cinnamon.
Finish: Medium. Dry old wood. Went from fresh wood on the palate to old wood on the finish. Hahahaha. Spice with some slight astringency. Touch of milk chocolate.
Grade: 83 – 86 (B) = Good, Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have
I have had this bottle of Colonel E.H. Taylor Cured Oak open for close to a year now and I’m still not buying into the hype. It is a decent pour, but nothing really stands out to me. I wonder what this would taste like at cask strength. I have not been very impressed with the limited edition releases from the Colonel E.H. Taylor line. I gave the Seasoned Wood a B- grade and I was super excited about that release. Supposedly the Colonel E.H. Taylor line has more of these limited releases coming. Hopefully the best is yet to come. Until then, my favorite bottle in this line is the Single Barrel. Yes, I prefer the Single Barrel over the Barrel Proof offering. Cheers!Tags: Bourbon, bourbon blog, bourbon ranking, bourbon review, cleveland, Colonel E.H. Taylor Cured Oak, review, whiskey, Whiskey blog, Whiskey review