Nose: A combination of flavors right up front that resemble Vanilla Dr. Pepper; tobacco, brown sugar, and fruit leather follow.
Palate: The fruit leather leads into sweet tobacco cream, cinnamon spice, with grape soda and oak coming mid-palate. This has a noticeably oily mouthfeel. With the strong oak notes, it does not become dry as some older bourbons often do.
Finish: Tobacco and brown sugar and caramel linger for quite a while, transitioning to purple grapes and vanilla extract. With the exception of the vanilla, no additional flavors are introduced, but the long decrescendo from the palate is still quite good.
Elijah Craig Barrel Proof is always good. Sometimes, though, certain batches reach another level. This does so, with the additional layer of tobacco and cola, beyond the typical brown sugar and oak bomb. A very good pour.