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My review of EH Taylor 4 Grain from a thimble.

First off, I love Buffalo Trace.  I love their products, I love their marketing department, I love Mark Brown, I have nothing but love for the folks over there.  But make no mistake, no one is safe from my sarcasm and witty evilness (or evil wit?).  It’s like they say, “If I didn’t like you, I wouldn’t pick on you”.   Except for Blood Oath.  I pick on Blood Oath.  And I don’t like Blood Oath.

Anyway on to the newest EH Taylor release, Four Grain, EHTFG as it will soon be called.  Per BT, the EHTFG is a 12 year Bottled in Bond bourbon made with corn, rye, wheat, and malted barley….hence the name….four….grain.  Suggested retail is $69.99 but good luck getting it retail unless you have a good relationship with a store, or people who work in the store, or you are Swiper. 

I would like to thank Buffalo Trace (henceforth knowneth as BT) for the opportunity to try EHTFG.  BT kindly sent me this sample, and as is usually the case, it was a 50ml plastic sample bottle inside a box that could fit both of my running sneakers.  For size purposes I matched it up with some household candy after trying it:

Now, if you didn’t realize that was a Halloween-sized Nerds box and some Japanese candy that like melts into soda when you eat it and it’s weird as hell but somehow delicious, you might think it was still a good size sample.  But if we pull back the perspective….

You just see an outdated stove and a broken Microwave and a lamp that’s being used instead of the built in oven light that is burned out.  Yes, ridiculous, but we are redoing our kitchen in a few weeks and it’s just pointless.  Anyway focus on the small bottle there, see it?  How about a larger perspective?

There, that does it for you right?  (Please note that Post did not pay me for this product placement.  I reached out to their marketing department to see if they would be interested in sponsoring me but all I’ve gotten back so far is a Kroger coupon for 50 cents off my next purchase.)

So three people in all got to try the Four Grain, myself, a buddy named Anh, and my buddy Jeff.  We each got about 10-15ml which is the same amount of saliva in your mouth at any given time.

This is my buddy Jeff and this is his face after trying Four Grain:

To be fair, Jeff’s face rarely changes, so he actually said he liked it.  

Anh and I felt differently.  We all three agreed it had a nice nose to it.  Despite having malted barley, we got no Scotch like smell from it.  The sweetness of the corn dominates and a little bit of rye spice is there.

We all agreed on the entry and initial taste.  With the four grains together, the corn still prevails and it’s a nice soft taste that to me said “Wheater” more than anything else.  I think the rye and barley were hidden a little bit, and I thought of Weller 12 when trying it.

The finish was the disappointing part, it faded into nothing really, just maybe a little burn with very little of the smoothness and caramel that usually comes with a 12 year bourbon.  Anh agreed on the finish, it just didn’t leave you wanting more.  Granted, all of this is taken from maybe 15ml of product so it’s really hard to tell.  I remember trying Seasoned Wood last year and I didn’t like it from the small sample, but I returned to my open bottle recently and found it really good.

And yes, I do appreciate getting a sample, even one as small as this.  Overall I just wasn’t overly impressed with it, I would give it a solid B.  

We’ll see if that changes when I come across a bottle, and pour a little larger.  And then I’ll give Jeff a little more, and then maybe he’ll smile.  When Jeff smiles, world peace ensues.  When there is world peace, aliens won’t attack us.  For the sake of humanity, I will have to hunt one of these bottles down and try it again.

Buffalo Trace releases Eh Taylor 4 Grain.

Looking forward to trying the first new big release of 2017.  From BT:

 

BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY RELEASES

COLONEL E.H. TAYLOR, JR.  FOUR GRAIN 

BOURBON WHISKEY

 

FRANKFORT, Franklin County, Ky (March 14, 2017) – Buffalo Trace Distillery continues its homage to former Distillery owner Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. with a special release bourbon whiskey made using four grains in the bourbon recipe.  This 100 proof, Bottled-In-Bond, small batch recipe bourbon was aged for 12 years and is a limited edition release.  

            Made from a distinct bourbon recipe using corn, rye, wheat, and malted barley, this bourbon was distilled in 2005, entered into the barrel at 104 proof, and has a distinctly different flavor profile from the typical rye and wheat recipe bourbons made at Buffalo Trace Distillery.  These four grains were chosen since they are the four grains E. H. Taylor would have had access to when he set up shop at Buffalo Trace in the late 1800s. During the 1860s, Taylor traded in grains and learned that they can vary tremendously from different farmers and harvests. Taylor consistently wanted the products produced in his distillery “of upmost class,” right down to the grains.

The impetus behind this multi grain recipe was based on the success of Buffalo Trace’s existing rye and wheat bourbons, harkening back to Taylor’s thinking of using the best of the best. “We wanted to extract everything we like from both the rye and the wheat mashbills we currently use and combine them to see how they react,” said Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley. “Not surprisingly, it added complexity to the finished product.”

Tasting notes describe this bourbon as “opening with an inviting aroma, with the first sip bringing a lot of character.  Caramel notes are touched by sweet vanilla and caramel corn, then underwritten by slightly smoky flavors and oak tannins. It maintains a smooth evenness between the four grains interacting with the charred oak barrel.  Overall, quite different yet very balanced.”

The Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. collection was first released in early 2011 and several subsequent releases have followed.  This Four Grain Bourbon is the ninth and latest release in the collection of  E. H. Taylor, Jr. whiskeys, rounding out the collection of Old Fashioned Sour Mash Bourbon, Single Barrel Bourbon, Warehouse C Tornado Surviving Bourbon, Barrel Proof Bourbon, Straight Rye Whiskey, Small Batch Bourbon, Cured Oak Bourbon and Seasoned Wood Bourbon. The Sour Mash, Warehouse C Tornado Surviving, Cured Oak and Seasoned Wood Bourbons were one time only releases and are no longer available.  Another release of the Four Grain Bourbon will be released again in Spring of 2018.

Like some of the previous releases, this limited edition will be hard to find. Also consistent with past releases, the Four Grain Bourbon displays a vintage label and is offered inside a distinct canister reminiscent of Taylor’s whiskey package from over one hundred years ago. These six bottle cases will again be shipped in an impressive wooden box first used for the Cured Oak release.  The boxes are modeled after the wooden crates used by Taylor to transport goods during the days before Prohibition. 

            Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr. is widely considered one of the founding fathers of the bourbon industry, fighting for the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897, nearly three decades after he purchased the distillery that is known today as the Buffalo Trace Distillery. During his time, Taylor implemented several innovative methods still used today by Buffalo Trace, such as climate controlled aging warehouses. In addition to his bourbon interests, Taylor had political ties. He was the great-nephew of President Zachary Taylor and elected the mayor of Frankfort, state representative to the Kentucky General Assembly and a member of the State Senate.

            This special bottling of Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Four Grain Bourbon Whiskey will be available starting in April in limited supply.  The suggested retail price is $69.99 per 750ml bottle. 

About Buffalo Trace Distillery

Buffalo Trace Distillery is an American family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery’s rich tradition dates back to 1773 and includes such legends as Col. E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee.  Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational Distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is a National Historic Landmark as well as is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won 17 distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. It was named “Brand Innovator of the Year” by Whisky Magazine at its Icons of Whisky America Awards 2015.  Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 300 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies. To learn more about Buffalo Trace Distillery visit www.buffalotracedistillery.com To download images from Buffalo Trace Distillery visit www.buffalotracemediakit.com