Thursday, October 12, 2017


Colonel E.H. Taylor Four Grain Bottled in Bond Aged 12 years, has been named "World Whisky of the Year" in the 2018 edition of Jim Murray's Whisky Bible.

Scoring 97.5 out of 100 points, the whisky which hails from the Buffalo Trace Distillery, gives a nod to the four grains: corn, rye, wheat and malted barley, that the legendary bourbon pioneer worked with back in the 19th century.
Colonel E.H Taylor Four Grain Bottled in Bond Aged 12 Years

Colonel E.H Taylor Four Grain Bottled in Bond Aged 12 Years, is said to boast a finish which was described by Jim Murray as a “slow, lightly oiled, gently spiced chocolate fade, which goes on…and on”.

Buffalo Trace, recently discovered the long-lost remains of Col. Taylor’s iconic O.F.C distillery, which stood on the same spot in Frankfort, Kentucky, until ravaged by fire in 1872. Tours are now available on what has been dubbed ‘Bourbon Pompeii’.

The Second Finest Whisky of the Year accolade, was awarded to Redbreast Aged 21 Years, which scored 97 out of 100 points. This is the best result for an Irish entrant in Whisky Bible history and only the second time the Emerald Isle has made the top three.

The Third Finest Whisky of the Year title, was awarded to the Glen Grant Aged 18 Years Rare Edition, which also scored 97 out of 100 points. Last year it was awarded second place.

Commenting on the news, Mark Brown, Buffalo Trace President, said: “We are beyond excited. The timing could not coincide more perfectly with the recent discovery of Taylor’s original distillery.”

Over 1,200 new whiskies were tasted for the latest edition of the Whisky Bible. Last year the title of “World Whisky of the Year" was also awarded to an American whisky; Booker’s 13 Year Old Rye Whisky.

Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2018, which is the 15th edition in the series, will be available later this month, for a RRP of £12.99.

Posted by Steve Rush