Buffalo Trace Announces the Release of Colonel E.H. Taylor Amaranth Grain of the Gods
Yesterday July 10th, Buffalo Trace Distillery announced their newest addition to the E.H. Taylor special release series; Amaranth Grain of the Gods. A tribute to one of the founding fathers of bourbon, this will be the tenth release of the E.H. Taylor Jr. collection, and it will be offered as a 100 proof Bottled-In-Bond small batch bourbon aged for over a decade. It will be a special, one-time-only release. Like other Buffalo Trace Mashbill #1 products, the mashbill will consist of corn and malted barley, however Amaranth was used as the flavoring grain instead of rye.
What is Amaranth you might ask? Me too... I had never heard of this grain until the press release. According to the statement from Buffalo Trace:
" Amaranth was originally cultivated by the Aztecs and is called “the Grain of the Gods.” It is similar to wheat, but offers a complex taste with subtle flavors ranging from a nose of butterscotch and spearmint, to a finish of pecans and dark berries.
Tasting notes describe this bourbon as having a fresh spearmint on the nose, followed by honey, with a hint of cherry. On the palate, coffee and vanilla come through. The finish is long, with oats and honey."
Be on the lookout for this release to start hitting retail establishments at the end of July 2019, however it will be very limited and will more than likely be very hard to find. It will feature the same canister-type retail presentation as previous releases, and a vintage label will also be present on the bottle. These six bottle cases will be shipped in wooden boxes modeled after the wooden crates that Taylor once used to transport goods during the days before Prohibition. This one is sure to drive the collectors absolutely bonkers, especially if you can find it for the MSRP of $69.99 (good luck). For more information about the release, click here for the official announcement from Buffalo Trace... Cheers!