Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
$45 to $55
What the Distillery Says:
Named after the Father of Bourbon, Reverend Elijah Craig this limited release Small Batch, twelve year old Bourbon is bottled at Barrel Proof and without chill filtering, preserving the natural flavors produced during the aging process. At full Barrel Proof, you can enjoy the Bourbon much the same way our Master Distiller does when he samples straight from the barrel or, if you choose, add water to reduce the proof to your liking.
Color: Deep Amber
Aroma: Caramel with oak, fruit notes of apple and orange
Taste: Caramel, vanilla and butterscotch along with spices of black pepper and cinnamon in the back of the palate
Finish: Nice layered finish of all flavors; fades slowly with a hint of cool spearmint at the most lingering end
What Richard Says:
Nose: Burnt sugar, citrus zest, buttery toffee, vanilla, jasmine, and cherry blossoms.
Palate: Creamy yet robust and aggressive. More toffee, Red Hots, and a big dollop of vanilla.
Finish: Peppery spice and a healthy dose of wood on the back end dusted with cocoa powder.
Comments: This bottle (based on proof) is batch five of the Elijah Craig Barrel Proof releases if you’re interested in such things. I’ve had four (1-3 & 5) of the five releases to date and we are talking very minuscule differences. This is a great age stated barrel proof bourbon (which you don’t see too many of) that’s not too bad on the wallet relatively speaking. It can be had for about the same price, maybe a little less, than Stagg Jr and I don’t necessarily like one more than the other. Both are very tasty and muscular bourbons. However, this one has started to get a bit of cult following, and while good I don’t get the obsession, so you may have a hard time finding it. Be patient and hopefully that patience will be rewarded.
Rating: Stands Out