Buffalo Trace just announced its latest bourbon release and the whiskey world is already abuzz. This June, Colonel E.H. Taylor 18 Year Marriage will hit shelves at $70. It will not last long.
So get your affairs in order.
The Frankfort, Kentucky-based distillery is no stranger to creating cult classics. These are the same folks that produce Pappy Van Winkle and WL Weller, after all.
And this newest offering technically contains some of the same liquid that goes into those revered labels.
The ‘marriage’ in Taylor 18’s name refers to a blend of three separate bourbon mashbills: one with a high-rye content, another with low-rye (the profile of standard Taylor releases), and a wheated recipe—the vaunted formula for which connoisseurs clamor.
Owning a Bottled-In-Bond classification, the whiskey is required to wear a strength of 100-proof, all derived from a single distilling season.
This isn’t by chance. The label’s namesake, Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr. was a 19th Century champion of the bourbon industry.
His lobbying efforts helped establish the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897, securing quality standards and sustained status for American whiskey.
They weren’t awoken until earlier this year, when master distiller Harlan Wheatley deemed the time right for them to mingle.
He might just have been onto something. Taken together, they result in a seductive liquid with top notes of freshly baked cinnamon buns.
On the palate is more of the same—confectioner’s delight, with the faint emergence of mint in the finish.
Despite, or perhaps because of its ample body, it exists as an extraordinarily smooth sipping spirit.
For bourbon fans, the question is not whether or not they’ll enjoy what’s inside the slender bottle.
It is whether or not they’ll be able to find it. Buffalo Trace has a nasty habit of being far too fair with its pricing. Consider the suggested retail on its 20-year-old Pappy: $199.99. This is a bottle that consistently sits on shelves for ten times that. And even then, it doesn’t sit there for very long.
Even at twice its listed price of $70, an 18-year-old limited release from Taylor would be viewed as a steal.
Indeed, if ever you see it for under $200 you might want to consider playing the lottery that day.
But if you’re not happy leaving things to chance, now is the time to start putting out feelers with local liquor shops. If you are a loyal customer anywhere, don’t be afraid to ask for a favor—or a heads up, at the very least.
As it’s set to release in June, Colonel E.H. Taylor 18 Year Marriage is just now starting to trickle its way down distribution channels. That means the stores vying for an allocation will soon know their fate.
And if you’re friendly enough with them, they might share that crucial intel. So don’t be left high and dry.
As founding father of the bourbon industry, Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr. left an indelible legacy. His dedication to distilling began at the close of the Civil War when he purchased O.F C. Distillery. There, he developed innovative techniques that are still in use today. Made by hand, this Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey has been aged inside century old warehouses constructed by E.H. Taylor, Jr. Barrels are evaluated and selected to create a perfect blend of distinctive character that is like no other. This bourbon is a true sipping bourbon that honors the uncompromising legacy of E.H. Taylor, Jr. -Small batch of distinctly select barrels -Bottled in Bond -100 Proof -Aged in Warehouse C; Built in 1881 by E.H. Taylor TASTING NOTES Tastes of caramel corn sweetness, mingled with butterscotch and licorice. The aftertaste is a soft mouth-feel that turns into subtle spices of pepper and tobacco. RATING F. Paul Pacult’s Spirit Journal Rating: 5 stars/Highest Recommendation AWARDS 2019 Silver Medal – New York World Spirits Competition 2019 Silver Outstanding Medal – Whiskies of the World 2019 Silver Medal – North American Bourbon & Whiskey Competition 2019 Best of Category – Los Angeles International Spirits Competition 2019 MASTER – American Whiskey Masters 2019 Best of Category 2019 Silver Medal – International Spirits Challenge 2019 Double Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2019 Silver Medal – World Whiskies Awards 2019 Gold Medal – Denver International Spirits Competition 2018 Silver Medal – New York International Spirits Competition 2018 Gold Medal – Los Angeles International Spirits Competition 2018 Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2018 “Excellent 2018 Silver Medal – Denver International Spirits Competition 2017 Gold Medal – New York World Wine & Spirits Competition 2017 Silver Outstanding Medal – International Wine & Spirits Competition 2017 Gold Medal 2017 Double Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2017 CHAIRMAN’S TROPHY; “Great Value;” 98 points – Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2016 Gold Medal – The Fifty Best Bourbon Whiskeys 2016 2016 Silver Medal – New York World Wine & Spirits Competition 2016 Bronze Medal – Los Angeles International Spirits Competition 2016 91 points – Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2016 Silver Medal, Best Non-Age Statement Bourbon – World Whiskies Awards 2015 Double Gold Medal – The Fifty Best Bourbon Whiskeys 2015 2015 Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2015 Gold Medal – North American Bourbon & Whiskey Competition 2015 Gold Medal (93 points) – Los Angeles International Spirits Competition 2015 Silver Outstanding Medal – International Wine & Spirits Competition 2015 Silver Medal – Best Small Batch Bourbon (91 points) – International Whisky Competition 2015 Ultimate Spirits Challenge – 87 points 2015 Silver Medal – Denver International Spirits Competition 2014 Gold Medal – International Wine & Spirits Competition 2014 Double Gold Medal – The Fifty Best Bourbon 2013 Silver Outstanding Medal – International Wine & Spirits Competition 2013 Silver Medal – Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition 2013 Double Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2013 Extraordinary-Ultimate Recommendation – Chairman’s Trophy Finalist – Ultimate Spirits Challenge