Buffalo Trace announced a special release four grain bourbon.
It’s 100 proof, Bottled-in-Bond, “small batch recipe bourbon was aged for 12 years and is a limited edition release,” the company said. It hits stores in April in limited supply for a suggested retail price is $69.99 per 750ml bottle.
According to a press release, it’s corn, rye, wheat, and malted barley, distilled in 2005, entered into the barrel at 104 proof, and has a distinctly different flavor profile from the typical rye and wheat recipe bourbons made at Buffalo Trace Distillery. “These four grains were chosen since they are the four grains E. H. Taylor would have had access to when he set up shop at Buffalo Trace in the late 1800s. During the 1860s, Taylor traded in grains and learned that they can vary tremendously from different farmers and harvests. Taylor consistently wanted the products produced in his distillery ‘of upmost class,’ right down to the grains,” the company said.
The Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr. collection was first released in early 2011 and several subsequent releases have followed. This Four Grain Bourbon is the ninth 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, Cured Oak Bourbon and Seasoned Wood Bourbon. The Sour Mash, Warehouse C Tornado Surviving, Cured Oak and Seasoned Wood Bourbons were one time only releases and are no longer available. Another release of the Four Grain Bourbon will be released again in Spring of 2018.
Like some of the previous releases, the Four Grain Bourbon displays a vintage label and is offered inside a distinct canister reminiscent of Taylor’s whiskey package from over one hundred years ago, the company said. These six bottle cases will be shipped in the wooden box modeled after the wooden crates used by Taylor to transport goods during the days before Prohibition.
Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor Jr. was significant American whiskey figure, campaigning for he Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897. 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.
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