Too bitter for me. Needs more sweetness in it, but then again, who doesn't.
Colonel E. H. Taylor
Straight Kentucky Rye Whisky
No age statement
Year of Bottling
Standard (Distillery or blended)
Nose: Thyme, black pepper, deep brown sugars, molasses and ever such a dusty, musty back note.
Palate: The vanilla comes through on the palate, providing a chance for some fruits such as gooseberry and quince to play a role, but the overriding oak spices unbalance the fruits, leaving a lime pickle bitterness to this sample.
Finish: Lots of oak and lime. Sour cherry.
Comment: Too bitter for me. Needs more sweetness in it, but then again, who doesn't.
Nose: A huge toffee hit! Sweet toffee coated flambé banana, marzipan, fat corn and a light rye spice note which just about stops it from being too sweet.
Palate: Soft and full with plenty of sweet, sugary, caramelised dried fruit, fat corn and lightly peppery spice. Polished and intense with a serious alcohol bite.
Finish: An intense and earthy finish, with hints of violet and the spicy rye finally coming through. The oak dries and adds some bitter chocolate, but it’s a seriously impressive finale!
Comment: What can you say? Classy. I’d buy it for the finish alone!
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