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E H Taylor Old Fashioned Sour Mash

E H Taylor Old Fashioned Sour Mash bourbon whisky


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•    Made using traditional method
•    Named after a bourbon legend
•    Unique
•    ABV 50%, 75cl



E H Taylor Old Fashioned Sour Mash is a special edition, limited release bourbon whisky from Buffalo Trace. Released in February 2011, it is the first in an expected line of E H Taylor bourbons designed by the distillery to re-launch the famous brand.

It is named after Colonel E H Taylor Jnr who lived from 1830 to 1923. He was a significant figure in the bourbon whisky industry and was a one-time owner of the distillery now known as Buffalo Trace.

Colonel E H Taylor Jnr pioneered many new techniques in bourbon whisky making, including using climate controlled warehouses for aging. He also advocated the introduction of Bottle-in-Bond laws which gave whisky consumers in the US greater confidence in the quality and legitimacy of the bourbon they were buying.

He also used a method of production called sour mash. Today that term usually refers to the practice of adding spent mash (“leftovers”) from a previous distillation to a new batch. It used by just about everyone making bourbon whisky today and is a major contributor to the smooth taste we all relate to bourbon.

The exact method Colonel E H Taylor Jnr used is not precisely known, but Buffalo Trace have replicated it the best they could with the help of distillers who were making bourbon whisky in the 1940s. They created the sour mash by leaving new mash to sit for several days under certain conditions to sour naturally. This was then added to the distillation. So, rather than spent mash, it is mash that has been allowed to sour naturally.

This was done in 2002 with the resulting bourbon whisky left to age for nine years. It came out of the barrel and was bottled in 2011.

E H Taylor Old Fashioned Sour Mash is therefore a unique bourbon whisky. It tastes slightly (not unpleasantly) sour. It is a one-time offering so is limited, creating the temptation to keep it on a shelf. That is fine, but it will also be an experience to drink.

The bottle was designed to replicate bottles used by Colonel E H Taylor Jnr in 1913 and comes in a canister.

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Buffalo Trace Distillery, Franklin County, Frankfort, Kentucky, USA
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