This fourth entry into Buffalo Trace’s Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr., Bourbon series is notable primarily because it is an uncut and unfiltered Bourbon, weighing in at a whopping 134.5 proof. At seven years old, it’s a youthful bruiser in comparison to its senior brethren in this line up.
It tastes young: Quite sweet, it has more of a sugar syrup character than burnt or brown sugar, and I think this whiskey could stand a few more years in the barrel. Lots of cooked/stewed apple flavors here, too.
As a barrel strength whiskey it is of course very hot, too, but high-proof Bourbon normally has a deeper flavor and body than this. E.H. Taylor Barrel Proof benefits from water, but this does weaken its already modest body considerably. On the other hand, it does bring out more of the Bourbon’s charms: big caramel and butterscotch notes, there for the taking. If only the structure was there to support it.