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Review: E.H. Taylor 18 Year Marriage

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We’ve been dragging our toes on Buffalo Hint’s current installments to the E. H. Taylor, Jr. line, however it’s not completely our fault. Each bottle in the usual Taylor lineup has develop into a scorching commodity, which implies restricted releases like this one are actually nearly unattainable to trace down, not to mention afford when you truly find them. Because of the kindness of strangers, we had been lastly in a position to nab a pattern of 2020’s hyper-rare providing, 18 12 months Marriage.

Following 2019’s Amaranth, a very wacky whiskey made out of an uncommon grain (with no age assertion), Hint determined to get again to fundamentals and provides their adoring followers what they really need: previous bourbon. That’s to not say that this one isn’t additionally fairly distinctive in its composition. Along with being a wholesome 18 years previous, Marriage is a mix of all three Buffalo Hint signature bourbon mashbills (two completely different rye mashbills and the vaunted Weller wheated mashbill). Whereas something with the Taylor label on it’s all the time restricted, the appreciable age on this one certainly makes it considered one of Taylor’s rarer choices up to now. Let’s see how this unicorn fares, we could?

First issues first, the colour. I don’t usually comment on the colour of a whiskey, however the golden hue right here actually doesn’t recommend almost 20 years of barrel ageing. The nostril is equally confounding, gentle and ethereal however nonetheless showcasing shocking complexity. Notes of buttercream frosting, apple pie filling, and poundcake lean closely towards the confectionary, however a little bit of seasoned oak helps to steadiness a few of that sweetness. Because it opens, an oily citrus high quality takes over. On the palate, issues stay delicate with a minimal quantity of oak affect, which is once more exceptional given the age. Vibrant notes of cinnamon sweet and peppermint linger with some tongue-tingling spice, transitioning to separate vanilla bean and entire cloves earlier than dissolving right into a gently warming end. Not till the conclusion does the oak actually arrive, mildly astringent and eventually displaying some maturity with wealthy notes of gingerbread and darkish baking chocolate. Actually partaking stuff and value each penny of its authentic $70 SRP, however I personally wouldn’t dig a lot deeper in my pockets.

100 proof.


E.H. Taylor 18 12 months Marriage




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