Buffalo Trace Announces E.H. Taylor Seasoned Wood

EH Taylor Seasoned Wood Bottle & Canister

FRANKFORT, FRANKLIN COUNTY, KY (Feb. 29, 2016) – Buffalo Trace Distillery continues its homage to former Distillery owner Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. with a special release bourbon whiskey aged in seasoned wood oak barrels.  This 100 proof, Bottled-In-Bond, small batch wheat recipe bourbon was aged well over a decade and is a special one-time-only release.

The barrels in this release underwent a variety of special seasoning processes,   including barrels made from staves that were immersed in an enzyme rich bath with water heated to 100 degrees.  After spending time in this proprietary solution, these staves were then placed into kilns and dried until they reached an ideal humidity level for crafting into barrels.  Other staves were seasoned outdoors for six months, and still others were left outdoors for a full 12 months before being made into barrels and sent to Buffalo Trace Distillery to be filled and aged.  All barrel staves were seasoned, dried, and crafted at Independent Stave Company, who consulted on this project with the premiere expert on oak maturation, Dr. James Swan.

The result of aging in these distinct barrels has delivered a wheat bourbon that is quite different from the other wheated bourbons made by Buffalo Trace. Descriptions include, “a delicate aroma of caramel and dried fruit, followed by a bright and pleasant first sip.  Oak tannins are balanced by a touch of butterscotch, almond, citrus notes, and hint of spicy clove. The body is soft and balanced with an aftertaste that lingers perfectly.”

This Seasoned Wood Bourbon is the eighth 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 and Cured Oak Bourbon. The Sour Mash, Warehouse C Tornado Surviving Bourbon and Cured Oak were one time only releases and are no longer available.

The Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. collection was first released in early 2011 and several subsequent releases have followed.  Like some of the previous releases, this one-time-only bottling is very limited.   Also consistent with past releases, the Seasoned Wood 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. Seasoned Wood Bourbon Whiskey will be available starting in late March in limited supply.  The suggested retail price is $69.99 per 750ml bottle.


    Buffalo Trace should start putting the MSRPs on the bottle or I wouldn’t be surprised if the scalp-, er, I mean retailers, decide to charge that much.

    I don’t think putting the MSRP on the bottles would make one bit of a difference. None. To the retailers nor the flippers….when you have not a conscience nor a soul, the ONLY thing that matters is>>>>>>$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.

    LOOK OUT “BOTTLESPOT”…HERE THEY ALL COME!!! You’re absolutely right about the ridiculius price tho! I’m guessing these will be priced higher in the secondary market than the CURED OAK, but less than the “TORNADO SURVIVING WAREHOUSE C” and the “SOURMASH”. INSANE!!!!!

    Hey Lu Cifer! Just saw this up on “bottle-spot” today for a WHOPPING $525.00!!!! You weren’t too far off my friend! WOW!!!!! LOLLOLLOLLOL. ….

    Any idea how many bottles of this were produced? With the cured oak somewhere in the 4000 range, I’m guessing this would be similar?

    I hear the cougar crap brings out a lovely floral bouquet on the nose and hints of berries and stewed fruits on the palate

    LOLLOLLOL LOLLOLLOL LOLLOLLOLLOL. …**nailed it**…… that is PRECISELY how it would be marketed to the masses of asses!

    LOLLOLLOLLOL LOLLOLLOLLOL…..I better not LOL too much or too loudly because the sad thing is that folks will go and snatch them all up in a single heartbeat off the shelves!!! It would be highly marketed as something “never done before” and highly allocated…lol…a once a year or one time release (depending on how many fools buy into it)…lol as i smdh.

    You notice the overwhelming cynicism… Keep it up folks!! You’re making me proud!! F*ck the “limited”!!! Drink the ALL YEAR!!!

    This is like the OCEAN series & all the double casking. Too much tinkering!! Too many gimmicks!! It ain’t Scotch & it ain’t “Molecular Gastronomy” (Hate that term!). Distill a fine spirit. Stick it in wood. Leave it alone!

    An enzyme rich bath? That’s the crap my wife tells me after I ask her what the hell she spent $200 on at the spa

    LOLLOLLOL. …I hear that! These distilleries are really cashing in BIG time on the hype….soon there will be no real bourbons available…it will be a hybridization of the real thing…ruined by all these new so called technologies and wild and crazy experimentations with whatever they can think up!!!

    Wouldn’t that be great?…..just thinking….I have my easy to find favorites that I can afford to drink daily or on a regular basis…my favorite is the OGD 114, awesome …then Henry McKenna 10yr BiB……Rittenhouse Rye….OGD BiB and makers Cask Strength. ..to name a few.

    Lu Cifer….you’re right! All of these experiments and flavorings added to or used to enhance bourbon/whiskey makes it NOT the true spirit it is supposed to be! Just distill/age the damn thing to perfection, bottle it up and leave it the F–K alone already!!! I want my plain ol bourbons/whiskeys back!!!

    Just picked up a bottle in NC, where
    Prices can’t be gouged bc the state controls the liquor, $70. My source says there was only 12 bottles allocated to the state. ? Makes it hard to drink knowing you might never get another one.

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