Reviews #123-124: EHT Single Barrel vs Small Batch

After drinking my way through a number of sub $40 bottled in bond bourbon we’ll come to the end of the line with EH Taylor Small Batch and compare it side by side with it’s more expensive Single Barrel expression. As far as I know the EHT lineup are Buffalo Trace’s only bottled in bond offerings, other than the EHT barrel proof of course. In a world where Blanton’s and Eagle Rare are getting harder to find EHT Small Batch is still pretty reliably available at retailish prices here in Austin. But we’re not here to muse on the Buffalo Trace line up so let’s taste some whiskey and see how they stack up against the rest of the bottled in bond drinker lineup!

2018 Colonel EH Taylor Single Barrel

Age: NAS but 4+ years from Bottled in Bond

Abv: 100 proof

Color: A medium gold

Price: $59.99

Laser Code: L18187010722K

Nose:Sweet vanilla, caramel, a touch of citrus and hint of oak

Taste: Caramel and oak dominate with faint spice notes, and a very nice mouthfeel

Finish: Short to medium finish sweet with mostly caramel and a little oak and warm spice

2017 Colonel EH Taylor Small Batch

Age: NAS but 4+ years from Bottled in Bond

Abv: 100 proof

Color: A medium gold

Price: $39.99

Laser Code: L172830112097

Nose: Vanilla, caramel, cherry and oak

Taste: Oak, vanilla, caramel, cherry, slightly thinner mouthfeel than the SiB but still nice

Finish: Short to medium length sweet with cherry, oak and vanilla


These were both very good and handily beat out the rest of the bottled in bond bourbons in this series. I’m a fan of the Buffalo Trace profile and a higher quality, higher proof release at a good price is hard to argue with. After drinking the EHT Small Batch alongside the Dickel BiB I realized that the Dickel wasn’t going to have a long term place on my shelf as long as EHT was easy enough to find.

To compare the two this SiB was a bit better but not by much and definitely not by enough to justify the price increase. Somewhat oddly this SiB did not have nearly as much vanilla as I usually get from EHT. I prefer my current bottle of Blanton’s to both of these and they are on par to slightly better than the bottle of Eagle Rare I have right now. I’ve had some amazing EHT SiB but unfortunately this barrel was just ‘good’. Given the price, scarcity and variance on the Single Barrels I don’t think they are a good value proposition and I’d recommend grabbing the Small Batch over it to most folks. All that said I’ll probably pick another one up at some point chasing those honey barrels.

TL;DR: Great whiskey, go with the Small Batch.


7 - a great whiskey I’d order at a bar

Poor - Overpriced, not worth the money


7 - a great whiskey I’d order at a bar

Great - A great deal, I’d buy it again

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