Elijah Craig 18 Year
Elijah Craig // Kentucky, USA
Elijah Craig’s claim to fame was discovering the benefits of ageing bourbon in charred oak barrels. When Heaven Hill originally released this whiskey in the mid 1990’s, it was touted as the oldest single barrel bourbon in the world. It’s cult status and shortage prior to the 2015 release has tripled this bourbon’s retail price.
BourbonProduced anywhere in USA; Mash bill of at least 51% corn; aged in new, charred oak barrels.
Cask Typenew, charred American oak
"The oak jumps out of the glass almost giving your nose splinters. Vanilla fudge, honey and orchard fruits, such as cherries, flood your senses. The nose on this bourbon is invigorating and swirls with complexity. The vanilla and caramel flavors are expected but charred oak plows through without overwhelming the whiskey’s delivery. It’s actually soft for an old bourbon. This slow sipper has a long finish that spikes midway with hard spices and a musty twang."