Colonel E.H. Taylor 18 Year Marriage
Edmund Haynes Taylor Jr is considered one of the true bourbon pioneers. Born in 1830, Colonel E.H. Taylor orphaned at the age of five and was adopted by his uncle. Edmund Haynes Taylor Snr, who rechristened him as his junior. Colonel E.H. Taylor 18 Year Marriage is also referred to as Colonel Taylor. Due to his holding of the honourary title of Kentucky Colonel, something he shares with a number of state’s distinguished sons.
Colonel E.H. Taylor carrer
Throughout his career, Taylor set up and owned seven different distilleries, and his lobbying for the Bottled in Bond Act of 1897 has seen him considered as “the father of modern bourbon.” Ten years earlier, having sold his stake in the OFC distillery (now Buffalo Trace), to George T. Stagg, he set up the Old Taylor distillery near Frankfort in Kentucky. The distillery featured a faux-Castle and sunken gardens on-site, and was the birthplace of bourbon tourism.
The Buffalo Trace version
Here he established the Old Taylor brand, which following Prohibition passed into the hands of National Distillers, one of the “big four” distilling company’s who dominated the post-repeal market. The distillery itself closed in 1972, but production was moved to the neighbouring Old Grand-dad site until National Distillers were acquired by Jim Beam in 1987. Who converted it into a warehousing and bottling facility. Although Beam marketed the brand alongside the other “Olds” from the National Distiller portfolio (Old Crow and Old Grand-dad) until 2009. When the Sazerac Company acquired it, returning Taylor’s name to his early spiritual home at Buffalo Trace. You can buy Colonel E.H. Taylor 18 Year Marriage from certifiedbourbon.com
Colonel E.H. Taylor is the Buffalo Trace version of the brand. They are all Bottled in Bond at the 100 US proof required by the law. Taylor heroically campaigned for, with the exception of the Barrel Strength releases.
This 2020 limited edition was made by blending barrels from three signature mashbills that had been aged for eighteen years, including two different rye bourbon mashbills and our wheated bourbon mashbill. Contact us for more details
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