The Colonel

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October 17, 2012 by Bourbon Empire

It’s funny how 99.9% of the nation would probably be hard pressed to name a colonel from Kentucky famous for something he actually did in battle. I tend to associate most of them with food that comes in buckets or jugs. Regardless, Buffalo Trace Distillery today announced the upcoming release of the Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr., small batch 100 proof bourbon.


Note the eye-catching bottle with the enormous signature. Taylor is a bourbon icon who, in the 1800s, helped move the process of making bourbon with small stills into a modern, factory based operation. Taylor and a few other distillers such as George Garvin Brown were some of the earliest well-known brands, and adorned bottles with their signatures as a guarantee of quality.

And no, Taylor wasn’t an actual colonel, but he was the great-nephew of President Zachary Taylor. 

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