Elijah Craig is one of the few Heaven Hill brands that graces us with single barrel expressions. Currently, the 18 and 23 year bourbons are being bottled. It has a bourbon that has been extremely difficult for me to find; after all, with 18+ years of aging, more than half of the original barrel content is lost to the angel's share.
-18 years old
Nose: Saw dust and maple. Cherries,
vanilla bean, and a hint of butter.
Taste: Woody with hints of toffee, coffee flavored ice cream, and a
smooth with a quick, drying finish.
Conclusion: Elijah Craig 18
is one of those hard to find, eye catching bourbons that just falls short on the palate. Aside from the
woody saw dust notes, the flavors are subtle, and its not going to knock
your socks off. The impact of the oak leaves the bourbon tasting a
tad past its prime. It's fun to sip on 18 year bourbon once in a while,
but at $125, you are overpaying for rarity.
My Rating: B (Good)