Spirit Master: Colonel EH Taylor Jr Bourbon
As it’s National Bourbon Heritage Month, we shine a spotlight on an award-winning expression from Sazerac’s EH Taylor Jr collection.
Every week, SB celebrates some of the top-scoring Master medallists from The Global Spirits Masters blind-tasting competitions.
On 2 August 2007, the US Senate declared September as National Bourbon Heritage Month, and as such, every September, the industry celebrates Bourbon’s heritage and legacy.
And there is much to celebrate as the Bourbon boom continues. The number of distilleries in Kentucky has more than tripled in 10 years, with Bourbon production contributing US$8.6 billion to the state’s economy annually, according to a recent report.
During the American Whiskey Masters blind-tasting competition in July 2019, a total of nine Master medals were awarded to top-quality expressions that were assessed by a panel of independent experts, and chaired by The Spirits Business.
Sazerac Company’s Colonel EH Taylor Jr Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon grabbed a Master medal in the ultra-premium leg of the Bourbon round.
The judges enjoyed the expression’s aroma of “soft vanilla and fudge”, and “complex” palate filled with flavours of “tarte tatin and spice”.
The brand is named after Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, a historic Bourbon figure from the 1800s.
In October 2017, whisky expert Jim Murray named Colonel EH Taylor 4 Grain Bottled in Bond Aged 12 Years as the ‘world’s best whisky’ in his Whisky Bible 2018.
Sazerac also scored a Master medal for its Elmer T Lee Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. In addition, the US producer gained eight Gold medals and five Silver medals during the competition.
To see the full list of medallists from The American Whiskey Masters 2019, click here.
If you’re interested in entering your brand into The Global Spirits Masters, contact Rhiannon Morris – firstname.lastname@example.org – for more details, or visit this page.