Buffalo Trace 18-Year-Old E. H. Taylor Bourbon: What You Should Know

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After a few months of rumors and leaks, Buffalo Trace Distillery has formally announced details on what could be its biggest whiskey release of 2020: Colonel E.H. Taylor 18 Year Marriage Bourbon. This extreme-aged E.H. Taylor bourbon isn’t just old—it’s something relatively unusual for the distillery: a cross-mashbill married whiskey.

A “mashbill” is another name for the grain recipe used to make whiskey; single malts, for instance, are made with a mashbill of 100 percent malted barley. Bourbon’s mashbill has to have at least 51 percent corn; American rye has to have a mashbill of at least 51 percent rye.

What’s special about this E. H. Taylor release, however, is that it uses barrels of whiskey containing all three of Buffalo Trace’s bourbon mashbills, including two rye recipes (a high rye…

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