Elijah Craig Single Barrel 21 Year


Heaven Hill // Kentucky, USA


community rating

4 out of 5 stars
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The Elijah Craig Single Barrel offerings are really starting to reveal what is possible in the golden years of Bourbon.  The Elijah Craig Limited Edition 21 Year Old Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey pays homage to Craig’s unique legacy of being the first person to mature bourbon in charred, oak casks, earning him the title “Father of Bourbon Whiskey.”  This whiskey has rested in new, charred American oak, for at least 21 years before being bottled at 90 proof in this celebratory expression.

  • age
    21 Years
  • Cost
  • abv
  • Bourbon
    Produced anywhere in USA; Mash bill of at least 51% corn; aged in new, charred oak containers.
  • Cask Type
    new, charred American oak

Tasting Notes

"The 21 year is “slow to warm up” but as it does, you will enjoy smells of slightly burnt orange, dark dried fruits, dark salted caramel and of earthy leather and dusty woody chips.  The palate speaks of a nuttiness that is reminiscent of toasted almonds and candied walnuts, toffee and dark caramel, and rich baking spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and clove from time in barrel with a round spicy white pepper to balance with the sweet baking spice.  The finish is anything but abrupt; you’ll enjoy a rich finish of baking spice, vanilla caramel, and subtle dried fruits.  This is a whiskey that should neither be rushed nor neglected, it is truly a choose your own adventure whiskey.  Although it may be great in a simple classic cocktail, do its makers a favor and enjoy it eye to eye; it lends itself best to being enjoyed neat, with just a touch of water, or over a large ice cube. "

Score 87

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