Col. Edmund Haynes Taylor purchased the (now famous) O.F.C. distillery at the end of the Civil War and focused so intently upon making world-class product that eventually he ran into financial trouble. A little-known salesman who was, at the time, purchasing barrels of O.F.C. decided to take a chance and acquire the distillery itself from Col. E.H. Taylor.
Forming a new partnership with Col. Taylor as the Vice President, and the new owner (one George T. Stagg) as the President, the two ultimately formed what is now known as the Buffalo Trace Distillery–which brings us this product today.
Four grains are used in the creation of this bourbon: corn, rye, wheat, and malted barley. This isn’t a traditional recipe but it is picking up more attention with other brands out there (looking at you, Penelope Bourbon) as experimentation and blending of mashbills becomes more and more mainstream.
As always–I wanted to take a look at what the brand had to say about the product–here is text from the Buffalo Trace Distillery website about this four grain product:
Taylor knew exceptional whiskey could only be crafted by using the finest ingredients, and his time selling grains during the war taught him that grains often varied tremendously from different farmers and harvests. This special edition Four Grain bourbon is crafted just as Taylor would have wanted. Using the highest quality grains and a distinct combination of corn, rye, wheat, and malted barley, to create a flavor that is sweet with hints of caramel and vanilla, yet spicy with notes of clove and pepper.
Buffalo Trace Distillery
In summary, we’ve got a four grain recipe (corn, rye, wheat, and malted barley) that is bottled-in-bond, which tells us it is at least four years old and bottled at 100 proof; although, this particular expression spent twelve years aging. While there are rumors floating around that this will become a regular release in the future–this particular bottle is from 2017. Let’s have a pour!