Colonel E.H. Taylor Cured Oak Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Colonel E.H. Taylor Cured Oak

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  • Distiller:

    Buffalo Trace

  • Bottler:

    Buffalo Trace

  • ABV:

    50%

  • Age:

    17 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: Plentiful spice notes (especially cinnamon and vanilla) are tamed by lovely sweetness (toffee, dates, nougat) and energized by bright fruit. Long, dry, warming finish. One of the better Taylors.
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  • Raided Score: 95
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: The proof is dangerously hard to notice, as the dense, rich flavors do most of the heavy lifting, finishing with only a slight trail of heat.
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  • Raided Score: 83
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: E.H. Taylor Cured Oak is a decent whiskey. I wasn’t quite as enamored with it as some folks seem to have been, but if you’re able to get it around MSRP it’s a really interesting bourbon to have on hand.
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  • Raided Score: 96
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: Taylor Cured Oak goes down much too quickly, and my sample vanished well before I was finished exploring its charms. That said, this is likely a whiskey that is likely defined more by its advanced age than the extra few months the lumber spent in the sun before they turned it into barrels.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: The cherry character dialed way up with notes of cocoa, cola and tobacco shows the influence of the wood here, and the palate has plenty to keep drinkers interested.
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  • Intro:

    Using staves cured for an unusually long period of time, Colonel E.H. Taylor's Cured Oak expression demonstrates a fun experiment between Buffalo Trace and Independent Stave.

  • Nose:

    Dry and oaky at first, before a wave of fresh fruit, toffee and honey wash up. Sweet, oaky, fruity. Really pretty unique.

  • Taste:

    Cherry, cola, toffee, and honey. Rich and oaky, with plenty of dark fruit character to keep things interesting, This almost reminds me of an oakier Stagg Jr with the rich cola and cherry notes. Whew.

  • Finish:

    Long oaky and dry finish, loaded with cocoa, cola, cherry, tobacco and some pepper.

  • Overall:

    Really quite nice, this is checking all sorts of boxes on its way to being an incredible bourbon. The cherry character dialed way up with notes of cocoa, cola and tobacco shows the influence of the wood here, and the palate has plenty to keep drinkers interested.

  • Score:

    8

  • By t8ke
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