23 Year Elijah Craig Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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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. 

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