Released back in 2012, Colonel E.H. Taylor Rye Whiskey is the only non-bourbon in the E.H. Taylor lineup. Also of note, this straight rye whiskey does not share DNA with Buffalo Trace’s Sazerac Rye. This is a completely different rye mash bill. This is made entirely of rye and barley. That’s right, there’s no corn here. What it does share with its brethren whiskies is the bottled-in-bond label. In a nutshell, that means it’s 100 proof, at least four years old, and distilled by one distillery in one season. Taylor, the man, was the proponent of the Bottled-In-Bond Act of 1897.
(Note: I received a small review sample from Buffalo Trace Distillery.) This one’s an interesting rye whiskey. On the nose I get a sharp rye grain aroma, along with dill, black pepper, candied ginger, prunes and a slight ethanol kick. Most of these aromas carry over to the palate. Again, there’s a savory rye grain and dill, followed by a slight black pepper and cinnamon note. The sweetness is provided by a little caramel. There is more sweetness in the aroma and the finish than in the palate. It finishes with a short, bittersweet caramel note, becoming a little dry and oaky.
Buffalo Trace has created a great rye whiskey that really showcases the rye grain. That grain’s savory sharpness is on the forefront of this whiskey’s aromas and taste. I like their Sazerac Rye Whiskey, but that straight rye whiskey has a large percentage of corn, making it sweeter than E.H. Taylor Rye. This one’s got a nice blend of savory and sweet. Very interesting stuff. Recommended.