If you don’t know Jim Murray, you don’t know whiskey. The man behind the uber-influential Whisky Bible selects his favorite bottle every year, and every year it leads to a feeding frenzy at local bottle shops. Well, sharks, get ready, because here’s Murray’s pick for this year’s best whisky. Colonel E.H. Taylor is a small-batch bourbon release from Buffalo Trace and it’s packed with caramel corn sweetness, butterscotch notes, and an aftertaste reminiscent of tobacco and spice. It’s a bourbon that moves beyond just sweet heat. Murray says, “Nothing could match the astonishing beauty of its surprisingly delicate weight and complexity combined. It was though time stood still in the tasting room; I just knew…” That’s high praise from a man with a golden palate. Unfortunately, finding a bottle is easier said than done, as it sold out at most establishments shortly after its release.


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