23 Year Elijah Craig Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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Tasting Notes:

The first word I have to say is “wood”, then caramel/vanilla and burn. Not what I was expecting at all. For being a well-aged bourbon there was more burn and heat than I was expecting and it was all upfront. The finish was surprisingly smooth, but the burn upfront lasted longer than expected. Now back to the wood; there are subtle notes of caramel and vanilla but they are heavily drowned out and muted by the oak. I would not say that it is over-oaked just very heavy. My wife picked up a lot more oak as well and also walnut in the finish. She said the walnut taste was interesting, more like burnt nuts, so not as appealing. She also experienced lots of burn on the front with a smoother finish.

Back in 2012, Heaven Hill started its Elijah Craig series with Elijah Craig 20 Year. For several years now Heaven Hill has offered a taste of Elijah Craig bourbon aged an additional year allowing us to taste what happens to their signature premium bourbon over time. This is a very unique offering that has produced Elijah Craig 20 Year, Elijah Craig 21 Year, and now Elijah Craig 23 Year. Each of these offerings has been single barrel bottlings, which is very rare for ultra-aged bourbons, giving not only the opportunity to taste different ages but different barrels as well.

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