The EH Taylor line up consists of their Small Batch, Single Barrel, Rye, and Barrel Proof releases. Additionally, there have been multiple limited edition, one time releases, to include Old Fashioned Sour Mash, Warehouse C Tornado Surviving, Cured Oak, and now Seasoned Wood. The most recent release, Seasoned Wood, features barrels made from staves that were immersed in an enzyme rich bath with water heated to 100 degrees. SIP (I am drinking seasoned wood as I write). Some other interesting things take place before it reached me sitting here at my computer in my kitchen...Let's be real, most of you who know about this bourbon have read the same special release notice and bourbon reviews that regurgitate the crafted message from Buffalo Trace. On to my first attempt at reviewing a bourbon. Good one to start on I guess!
SNIFF, SIP. (Once again glass next to my mouse). It smells like...It smells like...It smells like EH Taylor. Personal opinion, but EH Taylors kind of share a similar smell which I happen to appreciate. Caramel, Butterscotch, Vanilla, Oakiness (is that a word?) and a tad Orange Peel. None of which overpowers the other. A slight "ok whatever" face, "I can dig it" so I take a sip. Surprisingly a medium burn, but not in a bad sense. Keep in mind it is 100 proof, but regardless it is a stronger burn than the small batch/single barrel. Second sip that followed within a few seconds was a lot more mellow and smooth. Finish wise it is mellow, reminding you of the vanilla, oak, caramel, butterscotch, and a hint of orange peel nose.(Refills glass).
I've been sipping and trying to figure out how to put my thoughts and comparisons to paper, but being a first time reviewer...admittedly it is tough. I like this bourbon a lot. I can't find a negative aspect in it, but that being said I've had a lot of great bourbons that I wouldn't change a thing about...even though they are all different in many ways. I want to tell you that this stuff rocks PVW 15 and it's fellow EH Taylor limited releases, but I can't. Problem one, I haven't had PVW 15. Problem two, I haven't had all of the special releases from EH Taylor. That being said, being a fan of EH Taylor I can dig this release and would buy it if ever sat on a shelf. Doubt it will ever see a shelf, minus the back shelf being held for a store's favorite customer or the shelf with a $500 price tag right underneath of it. My inexperienced palate can't steer you to buy or not buy this release but if you like EH Taylor and can buy this stuff for retail price...buy it. Enjoy!