Colonel Taylor Rye

colonel_e_h_taylor_jr_straight_rye__29464.1349299763.1280.1280                                                                Just about everything the Colonel produces is going to be good, albeit at a somewhat hefty price. Named after Colonel Edmund Hayes Taylor who some consider to be the father of modern Bourbon, but if you read our blog, you know there are more than a few with that title. He did introduce aging Whiskey’s in climate controlled rickhouses and was instrumental in getting the Bottled In bond act passed in 1897. The act made clear that any spirit labeled as Bonded or Bottled-in-Bond would be the juice of one distiller, made at one distillery during one distillation season. Also, the Act required that bonded Whiskey be aged in a federally bonded warehouse under U.S. government supervision for at least four years and bottled at 100 proof.

Colonel E H Taylor Straight Rye Whiskey has no corn in the mash bill, consisting of almost all Rye with a little bit of barley. It comes in the same tall, old fashioned corked bottle that all of the Colonel’s Whiskey’s are in. Also recognizable by the cardboard tube encasing the bottle. Bottled in Bond so it is 100 proof of course, sells for around $80 and is generally available where fine spirits are sold.

NOSE

Ron:   Very nice with aromas of cherries, cedar, leather, and a bit of pepper. Also detected some clove and a sawdust type smell.

Todd:  Nice clean nose of citrus, cedar, toffee and Rye. Later with a cube got aromas of leather and brown sugar. Very good.

TASTE

Ron:   Tasted the pepper, clove, cherries and sawdust that I got on the nose. Side note, a little hot neat. Much better with one cube.

Todd:    Caramel, cedar and a spicy black fruit up front. This is followed by a slight medicinal taste. Agree, needs ice or water.

FINISH

Ron:    Long warm finish with some buttery toffee notes.

Todd:    Medium long with a nice burn and touch of mint.

OVERALL

Ron:   Extremely well balanced, I believe the best Rye on the market, as long as you don’t put Angel’s Envy Rye in comparison as it is not a “Traditional” Rye Whiskey.

Todd:   Very good Rye, not sure I agree with Ron on it being the best, though I am not sure what Rye I would pick for that distinction. It seems there are a few, that if not better, are very close, and sell for quite a bit less.

Nose     4.5 out of 5

Taste     9.25 out of 10

Finish    4.25 out of 5

Total              18 out of 20 barrels

Seems like the Colonel has delivered again. This Rye is one of if not the best Rye out there. Great nose, taste and finish make for a great drink. We understand if the cost is somewhat prohibitive, maybe ask for a bottle as a birthday or Christmas gift, then milk it for 3 or 4 years. Believe us, we don’t drink this every day, but wish we could. Sometimes the bottle will sit undisturbed for months or even longer.

In the end though, we both really enjoyed sitting back and sipping on Colonel E H Taylor Rye, and we are pretty sure you would as well.

 

Jim Beam Rye

jim-beam-rye_1                                                                 Next on our tasting list is Jim Beam Rye. To be upfront, we are not big fans of Jim Beam products, with the possible exception of JB Black if you can buy it close to $20. So with that in mind, we did not have high hopes for the Beam Rye.

Jim Beam Rye comes in the same, very recognizable uncorked bottle, as the mega selling White label, the only difference being the label is Green. It is aged 4 years, is 90 proof, sells for under $20 and is available everywhere that spirits are sold. You still might be able to find the old Yellow label Rye which was only 80 proof which we understand, is no longer in production.

Since it doesn’t state that it is 100% Rye, we did some digging and found out that it is bottled at 51% Rye. In our minds that just barely qualifies. Seems someone is trying to jump on the Rye bandwagon.

NOSE

Todd:    Very little Rye on the nose, very sweet, almost cloying so. I got a little oak and malt, but the overwhelming aroma was that of banana taffy, or banana bubblegum. Not good.

Ron:    Slight smell of sweet almonds with a little pepper undertone. Had to really concentrate to get even this,

TASTE

Todd:    Very sweet, would not have known this was a Rye. Tasted that banana taffy that I got on the nose along with a little butterscotch, wood and white cake.

Ron:   Lost the almonds I got on the nose but added a little bit of sweet caramel/butterscotch. Not very hot neat, even Todd could drink this straight.

FINISH

Todd:   Medium to short, not much going on but more sweetness.

Ron:   It’s a stretch but I’d call it a medium finish with a bit of spice.

OVERALL

Todd:   Not real impressed. Except for the price, it doesn’t have a lot going for it. Not much nose, taste or finish.

Ron:  Not very complex and doesn’t drink like a traditional Rye, but was enjoyable for $18.

Nose     3

Taste     7

Finish    3

Total          13 out of 20 barrels

As you can see Jim Beam Rye didn’t change our opinion of Beam products. One could make an argument that there is not a lot of good stuff at that $18 range, and that is correct. But there are better whiskeys than this at that price, you just need to read our other blogs to find them. One last sentiment is that it just doesn’t drink like we think a Rye Whiskey should.

 

 

 

 

Bulleit 10

bulleit_10yr750__91540.1365448741.1280.1280                                                         Bulleit 10, also called Bulleit 10 Year, is the same juice as regular Bulleit Bourbon but aged an additional 4 years. We have always liked the Bulleit products, especially their Rye, and consider them to be a good drink at a fair price.

While Bulleit Bourbon and Bulleit Rye are widely available, the 10 Year is sometimes a little harder to track down. Bulleit 10 comes in the same cool, old fashioned looking bottle as the other two expressions. It’s bottled at 91.2 proof, sells in the low $40 range and is aged for, you got it, 10 years.

NOSE

Ron:     Nothing jumping out, all aromas are very slight. Having said that, I get hints of cedar, coffee, pepper and a little vanilla. Very strange, but I get a whiff of gunpowder, like after discharging a weapon or setting off fireworks. I lost this gunpowder aroma once I added ice.

Todd:    Nice, better than I remembered, have to agree with Ron though, nothing stands out. A little brown sugar, a little caramel, a little pepper, and a soft oaky aroma. No gunpowder here.

TASTE

Ron:  Very hot neat, I’m having to really reach to get specific tastes. Comes across as clean and spicy with a touch of anise and oak.

Todd:   Agree about having to reach. Slight, smooth tastes of burnt sugar, sherry, wood and pepper. All very subtle.

FINISH

Ron:   Medium at best with some mustiness.

Too:    Medium to medium-long, agree with Ron on the mustiness.

OVERALL

Ron:     Definitely a different drink than the regular Bulleit Bourbon, not sure if it is necessarily better though or worth the premium for the older juice.

Todd:   I expected more bold flavors from a 10 year old drink, especially since the regular Bulleit Bourbon has a lot of flavors.

Nose    4 out of 5

Taste    7.5 out of 10

Finish   4 out of 5

Total           15.5 out of 20 Barrels.

While Bulleit 10 is a good Bourbon, we see no reason to spend the extra $12 to $17 to buy this over the other two Bulleit Whiskeys. If they were the same price or at least closer, it would then just be a matter of personal preference.

Our final thought is that if money is no issue, wouldn’t that be great, go out and buy a bottle.  But since we have repeatedly stated that we do in fact take price in consideration, stick with the original.