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Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 80 and 8t Proof, The Old Taylor Distillery Co., Frankfort & Louisville, Kentucky

Colonel Taylor never found a yeast good enough for his Bourbon till he cultivated it himself.

No step in the making of great Bourbon was too unimportant to escape the attention of Colonel Edmund H. Taylor Jr. He personally grew and cultivated the strain of yeast that started his choice grains on their way to becoming Old Taylor. Only his yeast was good enough for his Bourbon. We still make Old Taylor the careful, painstaking way Colonel Taylor did. Indeed, the yeast we use today is the same yeast he cultivated in 1866. And that’s one reason Old Taylor is the most gentle and satisfying Bourbon you can sip.

[[image - bottle and glass of Old Taylor Bourbon]]

Old Taylor.
Colonel Taylor’s Bourbon made Colonel Taylor’s way.

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image - collage of drawings showing Colonel Taylor and steps in the distilling process

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