An 18 year old E.H. Taylor coming from the Buffalo Trace Distillery is something you don’t see every day. Colonel E.H. Taylor 18 Years Marriage is a marriage between barrels from two rye mash-bills and one wheated mash bill, giving it a very distinct taste of vanilla, cream, spongecake and a slight note of campfire smoke. The Colonel E.H. Taylor bourbon brand was set up by Sazerac at the Buffalo Trace Distillery in 2009, after the company acquired the rights from Beam. It’s an hommage to bourbon pioneer Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr., who fought for the Bottled-in-Bond Act in 1897. That’s why nearly all E.H. Taylor-releases by Buffalo Trace are bottled in bond, just like the Colonel E.H. Taylor 18 Years Marriage. Sazerac, the owner of Buffalo Trace, started the Colonel E.H. Taylor series in 2011, so this whisky was already maturing for years, before its purpose was decided.