Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch

Overall rating
85.21/100
votes
162
Whiskybase ID
WB40710
Category
Bourbon
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Bottled in Bond
Strength
50.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Barcode
088004005498
Market
United States United States
Added on
14 mar 2013 8:38 am
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 114.75

28 × in wishlist

162 × member ratings

770 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch

34 users have left 38 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.21 points.

  1. Catescolby scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Really nice classic 100 proof. Tasted neat. Flavorful, just right amount of heat.
    • Nose
      87 87
      strong nose, fruity, spicy, butterscotch
    • Taste
      91 91
      red plum hits first, then vanilla, caramel, oily texture.
    • Finish
      88 88
      more vanilla, a bit of tobacco, pepper, fruitiness almost gone

  2. Igor_Gudimov scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Nice aroma but very weak taste
    • Nose
      87 87
      Sweet vanilla, honey flowers, peanut shells, caramel, milk chocolate, a touch of ginger
    • Taste
      84 84
      Spicy, sweet, dusty, honey pollen, herbs, pepper spice
    • Finish
      82 82
      Short, corn dust, vanilla, varnish, oak

  3. BurhenneT scored this whisky 83 points Newbie

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  4. JacobaEd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  5. craide scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Delicious, very sweet bourbon. Everything looks very straight and without real corners. I would have liked some kind of contrast. At today's price not a purchase candidate.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Sweet vanilla pudding, plus fruit notes of dried figs, dates, prunes and some red berries. But not very intensively. In the background then rather pronounced leather notes, dark chocolate and some gingerbread, gradually nuts/almonds are added. Slightly charred wood, somehow quite strong roasted aromas with a vanilla/caramel touch.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Quite spicy but not really hot when starting. Despite this more intense oak spice, it also seems somehow creamy-soft with the second sip. This seasoning then has something of herbs or spices, slightly peppery. In addition more caramel, dried figs, raisins, plums. Cocoa powder brings a pleasant sweetness. even nuttier towards the end.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium-length finish, vanilla, cream pudding, quite sweet and creamy before a light oaky spice comes through at the end.

  6. Lenart scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Aroma : caramel, varnish, honey (Simple and typical for bourbons)
    Taste on arrival : quite a bit of honey in addition to caramel and baked apples
    Taste in development : ripe glazed fruits
    Finish : short

  7. FeydRautha scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. Quincybeurskens3105 scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Blind sample 6 trial Olympics 2022

  9. Rody024 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Tasted blind.
    Really complex and subtle, great stuff! A lot of rancio tones that are well integrated in the flavour profile and the matching ABV
    • Nose
      Custard, whipped cream pie, dried figs, leather, cacao and some gingerbread
    • Taste
      Caramel, dried figs again, sultana, plum, cacao, liquorice banana and a touch of leather
    • Finish
      Custard with ginger

  10. KayMeertens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sweet & sour sauce, apple gueuze and raspberry. With water some cashew.
    • Taste
      A lot of almond. Apple, caramel, orange and raspberry.
    • Finish
      Even more nutty, plus some caramel.

  11. WLGOAGN scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Great example of a BIB bourbon…for $39. Not worth the price commanded by market manipulation, created by flippers and investors. Keep your hard earned cash.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  12. DRAGNEWBIE scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    A great bourbon with good body and lots of vanilla. Now that it is expensive, I have no intention of buying it.

  13. bendonatz scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Sweet, bitter and spicy.

  14. Teomarg scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  15. peatbogger scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    Another great bourbon sample courtesy of karloff.
    Almost a high ABV cherry liqueur.
    • Nose
      85 85
      No doubt it is bourbon, still I find it a little unusual for a bourbon. Think the unusual bit is a note of cheap furniture polish. But I like it a lot.
      Sweet, vanilla, ginger with a more than average charred wood note.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Thick almost treacle like texture.
      Black cherries, charred wood, cinnamon.
      Very sweet, and gentle for the ABV.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Due to the thick texture this sticks and lasts past the medium mark.
      Sweet charred wood with a small spike of spice.

  16. karloff scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    I bought this bottle off Amazon for about £50 which is about right. If I paid double that I would be a bit disappointed. This is still a nice bourbon but no where near the single Barrel level.
    • Nose
      83 83
      This has a high corn mash bill and you can smell it.
      I must say it is not a great nose and anyone who can be bothered to read my notes know I like a good bourbon nose.
      Maybe it's just the mash bill.
      Since it was my last glass I thought I would add a few drops of water and it has only made the nose worse.
    • Taste
      88 88
      This is the last glass of the bottle and nothing has really changed from the first glass.
      It's thick and chewy and you can really taste those sweet corn notes.
      Hardly any spice at all which isn't a bad thing because it works for this very well.
      With water again hardly any difference just a bit less punchy.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The finish is long and tangy and the 50% helps that.
      People say there is a plastic note, well you get that with most bourbons and you either like it or you don't because it comes with the territory.
      So most of the time I don't mention it.
      With water it brings out a bit of spice which makes a nice alternative.

  17. Elmer_Fudd scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    This is a good bourbon. The price is high, but well worth it.
    • Nose
      85 85
      aromas of vanilla, sour green apples, corn and oak. Very pleasant!
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sweet, green apples, dates, nuts, tobacco and cinnamon. A delicious bitter.
    • Finish
      84 84
      The soft finish could be a little longer. Vanilla and spicy oak.

  18. The_Osprey scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    E.H. Taylor 1st and only Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon, 50%.

    Strong amber colour.

    Aroma of rum 'n' raisin fudge, green apple, green raisin too, banoffee pie, some highlighter pen, some toasted oak. Decent nose.

    Taste is less bold up-front than the Single Barrel - doesn't blow your socks off like that one did for me, but instead it grows into something very similar. Some plasticky notes initially, like the sort you get from over-oaked wine, then the dominant vibe settles somewhere between vanilla and a dried trail mix sort of fruit, leading to some more of the banoffee pie from the nose ... very easy with no saltiness, fire or roughness. Clove and a little cinnamon on the linger - more clove. Just rich intense flavour.

    Very, very similar to the first bottling of EHT Single Barrel I tried, and only very slightly inferior in my opinion. This is very nice, although bourbon pricing is getting a little silly in the UK, as this is generally available at around the £100 mark. I would happily pay up to £80 for bottles in the EH Taylor range but bourbon prices just seem to go up and up (and quality seems stagnant or even to decrease). However, this one is certainly a premium product. A stand-out bourbon. 3.775/90

  19. WhiskeyMavens scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    Sometimes I wonder, how does Buffalo Trace manage to get such varied results out of same distillate. I mean this same distillate goes into two or more of their other expressions and yet you can tell all of them distinctly apart. That tells me the sheer genius at work here
    • Nose
      94 94
      Most interesting thing about this bourbon is its nose. Very inviting full of candied fruits, lemon zest, baking spices. Everything
    • Taste
      92 92
      Again beautifully balanced albeit on the sweeter side. Not there is no spiciness but the sweetness keeps it from getting to you. Also the spiciness is more of the wood kind & not from the rye. Wish it was a little more oilier
    • Finish
      92 92
      medium- long with wood charr lasting right through the end.

  20. Teomarg scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  21. kanpai79 scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  22. PEATYBOI scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

  23. larswehmeier scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Very tasty, fruity-sweet bourbon.
    The 50% alcohol strength fits perfectly.
    Dangerously tasty! :-)

  24. MrYens scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  25. mandragoru scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  26. Gris scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    This Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch is not bad at all, really, even for me (have to say that bourbon is not my cup of tea). This is clearly not the most complex or original bourbon but it is still pleasant to drink. But, for an average price of 90 to 100 € most of people will probably prefer to buy something else.

    http://www.justanotherdram.com/en/tasting-notes/colonel-e-h-taylor-small-batch-2.html
    • Nose
      Bourbonesque as you wish (yes, “bourbonesque” exists… It doesn’t? I say it anyway), lot of vanilla and caramelized. But very much caramelized eh, almost as much as a Jack, a little more on the big butterscotch. A hint of raisins in the background.
    • Taste
      Outchi mama, powerful sensation in the mouth, a little too much, loaded with vanilla and oak wood. The toffee comes back and brings a little sweetness, a little. You should add a few drops of water that dissipate this alcoholic power and allow to develop some spicy notes, making it a little more interesting, a little.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, always on vanilla and spices and always with this strong oak wood. A little acidity.

  27. Gris scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    This Colonel EH Taylor Small Batch is not bad at all, really, even for me whose bourbon is not the cup of tea. This is clearly not the most complex or original bourbon but it is still pleasant to drink. This being so, for an average price of 90 to 100 € most will probably prefer to turn to another bottle.
    • Nose
      Bourbonesque at wish (yes, bourbonesque it is said .. No? Ben me I say), vanilla and caramelized. But then very caramelized eh, almost as much as a Jack, a little more on the big butterscotch. A hint of raisins in the background.
    • Taste
      Oufti nene, the sensation is powerful in the mouth, a little too much, loaded with vanilla and oak wood. The toffee comes back then bring a little sweetness to all this. It supports without problem the intake of a few drops of water that dissipate a little alcoholic power and allow to develop some spicy notes making it a little more interesting, a little.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, always on vanilla and spices and always with this strong oak wood. A little acidity.

  28. Archer scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  29. LordBellamy scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose: it starts with a really fat nose, nice oily, first beats a lot of apple flavor from the glass, followed by a good portion of caramel with some sea salt, the corn comes through well, he has a great spicy flavor of cinnamon, cloves and even discreet Kardamon, in the background swinging even a little smoke of the strong burned barrels, the sweetness drifts again and again in the direction of Rumrosinen from, even some tobacco box can be found

    Taste: good onset, oily, you can roll well over the tongue, clear sweetness to corn and caramel, then beat the spices again fully, plus a decent portion of oak

    Finish: The finish is long, spicy wood, licorice, caramel, some salt are noticeable, behind some beeswax, it is dry, but not bitter

    Water: No, the alcohol is actually perfectly integrated. Nevertheless, the attempt: Well, it goes quite well with water, the fruity apple and the caramel are stronger, while the spicy side moves slightly more into the background, some shoe polish shows, the liquorice from the finish is now also in the Nose. Without water he likes me better.

    Conclusion: This is really a great bourbon. OK, who can not do anything with the basic properties of Boubon Whiskey, should also stay away from here. He would like to recommend everyone else. For me personally, my best ever Bourbon, even if he was my dearest with just under 100 EUR - but the money is well laid out in my view, which is a really good drink - 88 points

  30. Macheye scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon is a very solid entry point to the Taylor range. The 100 proof turns out to be just the right strength to deliver bold and interesting flavours without the alcohol taking over too much. However, it very much depends on where you purchase this how satisfied you might be with your end product. I picked this up in the US for around $40 - but in the UK prices seem to vary from around £75 all the way up to £120. There’s import tax and then there’s utter greed. Either way, whilst this is a good quality small batch bourbon I’d only really recommend it at the dollar price if you can find it.

    https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/buffalo-trace/colonel-e.h.-taylor-jr.-small-batch-bourbon/
    • Nose
      Expressive from the get-go. Vanilla, butterscotch, toffee and a variety of spices including cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg. A light earthiness persists under the surface and is joined by baking soda and just the slightest hint of farmyard. Dried berries and raisins provide some fruitiness – which is both deep and also slightly sour.
    • Taste
      Cask forward with a well-balanced but strong mouth-feel. Vanilla and charred wood lead with pepper, cinnamon and chilli supporting. Toffee and butterscotch provide the sweetness, cherries and licorice provide the sourness and there’s some roasted nuts and light varnish/glue giving yet more depth.
    • Finish
      Medium to long favouring vanilla and leathery notes.

  31. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  32. luvthemstillers scored this whisky 96 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      98 98

  33. luvthemstillers scored this whisky 96 points Expert Junior

    A great Bottled In Bond bourbon
    • Nose
      Caramel corn, vanilla, apple, and oak spices. 
    • Taste
      Butterscotch, corn, molasses, cinnamon, and oak
    • Finish
      Cinnamon  spice and oak

  34. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Classic, sweet bourbon profile on the nose, with icing sugar, maple syrup, fresh waffles, apricots and cinnamon. Needed water to tame the heat of the alcohol and release the softer notes. Sweet and spicy on the palate, with something slightly synthetic lingering (a bit like when I eat American boiled sweets; I'm not sure what it is though). The cinnamon note returns on the finish, which is a touch sweet and cloying. Overall, a bit too sweet and lacking depth and complexity to warrant a high score and strong recommendation, but if a simple, classic bourbon profile is what you're after, this does hit the spot.

  35. Titi94 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

    Nose: Caramel apples, fresh corn and cloves. Butterscotch sneaks in after a while.Palate: More corn sweetness, mixed with slight spiciness of rye and cinnamon.Finish: Medium and very rich with creamy vanilla.Overall: A really great small batch bourbon.

  36. a2dogs scored this whisky 83 points Newbie

    A wonderful, smooth, yet powerful small batch bourbon.   Full flavored.   Very approachable, and lively whiskey
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      85 85

  37. a2dogs scored this whisky 83 points Newbie

    A wonderful, smooth, yet powerful small batch bourbon.   Full flavored.   Very approachable, and lively whiskey.  Cheers!
    • Nose
      Apricot, honeysuckle, clove.   A whiff of warm waffles.  Prominent cedar.  Nutmeg.  Rose, rose-hips.  A nice marshmallow.
    • Taste
      Banana.  Spice.  Cinnamon.  Maple.  A bit of grape candy.  Basil.  Cardamom.
    • Finish
      Banana.  Spice.  Cinnamon.  Maple.  A bit of grape candy.  Basil.  Cardamom.

  38. wheatfield scored this whisky 73 points Expert Junior

    Bright light copper pour.  Nose is sweet with confectioner's sugar, something like flour, waves of alcohol heat.  Mouth is big on toasted nuts (peanut?), flour, lots more confectioner's sugar.  Becomes somewhat cloying after time.  Too simple, too focused on these sweet, powdery flavors for me.
    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      69 69
    • Finish
      71 71

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