This particular batch is noteworthy as it clocks in at a lower proof than ever before for the brand. This makes it inherently easier to drink, as the brand often lands on the hot side of 130 proof. Instead of having to water down a previous batch to match this release, this is batched uncut at 122.2 proof. Theoretically, this makes its flavor profile taste rather potent despite being lower in proof than previous releases as the lower proof should allow more flavor to show through. For that reason, this particular batch might get more attention than normal.
The nose features very traditional bourbon aromas at first whiff. Steadfast scents of vanilla, caramel, and oak flow out of the glass and signal its high proof. Additional notes of apple, apricot, and faint orange rind help add some complexity. On the palate, it’s surprisingly citrusy at first sip, with lemon and lime greeting your tongue before creamy caramel, toffee, and dark fruits take over. The finish is heavy on oak, which translates into a long, dry, and mildly bitter aftertaste. Some sweetness is present, before spice rolls in.
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The history of Elijah Craig is the history of Bourbon. Reverend Elijah Craig was a Baptist preacher and active character in 1800s Kentucky. He was an educator, road builder, land speculator, and built the first paper and wool mills in Georgetown, KY. But it was his gift as a distiller and entrepreneur that establishes his place in history as The Father of Bourbon. Today, Heaven Hill Distillery preserves the Bourbon making traditions developed by Elijah Craig. Each bottle of our Bourbon is crafted with the same method used by Elijah over two hundred years ago: local corn and grains are milled and mixed with limestone-rich Kentucky spring water, then fermented and distilled. After years of aging in charred oak, our Master Distillers select the most complex barrels to become Elijah Craig Small Batch, Barrel Proof, and Single Barrel Bourbons. Our rich history and craftsmanship can be savored in every sip.