E.H. Taylor Four Grain

Quick Sips is meant to provide you with immediate impressions of whiskies we encounter during our daily wanderings. No notepads or lengthy revisits – just our honest, un-cut opinion on the whiskey we drink. Read easy, sip on!

<

Sip #4: E.H. Taylor Four Grain


Paid:

$14 (2oz)

Color:
Caramel / Amber

Nose:
Heavy alcohol with hints of graham crackers, caramel, citrus, coconut, and straw

Palate:
The palate opens with oak and some vague bitter/burnt notes that mingle with the caramel and citrus from the nose. There is also abundant grain influence, a cherry flavor that reminds me of cough syrup, and sweet strawberries. As with EHT Seasoned Wood, a sharp astringency appears on the mid-palate and carries over to the finish, but in this case is better balanced with a rush of caramel and toffee.

Conclusion:
Wow – there’s a lot going on here. Just when I thought I had Four Grain figured out I would pick up another aroma or flavor that seemed to conflict with everything I had previously noted. There was a part of me that really enjoyed this whiskey (it’s certainly interesting to sip), but another that found it to be somewhat muddled and lacking a true identify.
My guess is that the mélange of aromas and flavors will appeal to some but be off-putting to others, leading to variable reviews. Count me in as underwhelmed and mildly disappointed. Overall, I found Four Grain to be an improvement over Seasoned Wood, but still well short of the lofty bar set by Cured Oak.

Rating:
3.5

-JE

What is a State Liquor Store?

State Liquor Store - ABC State

A state liquor store is a store in an Alcoholic Beverage Control State (ABC State), which means the state determines where and when alcohol can be sold. If you don’t know how to feel about this, you should know that the unanimous consensus from the whiskey community is that this structure is awful. State liquor […]

Facebook Comments