Elijah Craig Toasted Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
(750ml) [IWSC 95] [USC 94]
Regular price $169.99 Sale price $59.97 Save $110.02
About the Whiskey:
Heaven Hill Distillery is proud to announce the launch of Elijah Craig Toasted Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. This is the latest line extension from our award-winning Elijah Craig family, and adds an extra layer of sweet oak complexity to the traditional Bourbon.
The process begins with fully matured Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon, which is made up of barrels aged 8 to 12 years. The mingled small batch is then re-entered into a second, custom toasted new oak barrel at full barrel proof. This custom toasted barrel was designed in partnership with Independent Stave Company and made with 18-month air dried oak; it’s first toasted and then flash-charred using a moderate toast temperature and toast time.
An extensive research and development process resulted in a final barrel toast profile which brings forward delicious dark sugar flavors from within the wood and creates a balance of smokiness and sweetness after months of finishing. The resulting taste is big, rich, and complex with spice and pepper notes that fade into milk chocolate with a hint of smoke as the finish lingers with chocolate and baking spices.
Only charred new American oak barrels are used throughout the entire process to maintain the standards of identity class and type designation for Straight Bourbon Whiskey.
NOSE: Caramel | Butter | Toasted Marshmallow
TASTE: Heavy Baking Spices | Black Pepper | Tannic Oak | Hint of Cocoa
FINISH: Long warm fade out of baking spices and oak tannins.
MASH BILL: 78% Corn | 12% Rye | 10% Malted Barley
Cooperage: Aged initial in new charred oak barrels (same as regular Elijah Craig bourbon) and then re-entered at barrel proof into a second, custom toasted new oak barrel for finishing.
AGE: NAS - No age statement but approximately 10-12 years plus finishing time in 2nd barrel.
95 Points - Intl Wine & Spirits Competition 2023
"A sweetly perfumed nose, with fruity aromas of date and raisin, alongside notes of caramel, charred oak and vanilla. The mouthfeel is velvety and luxurious, revealing butterscotch, black treacle and dark honey. Rich, indulgent and extremely long. Exquisite!"
Gold - Ascot Awards 2023
"A creamy, vanilla nose with a toasted oak undertone leads to a sweet entry with dark chocolate, orange oil, and vanilla flavors wrapped in a nice, creamy mouthfeel."
Double Gold - SIP Awards 2022
Gold - Intl Spirits Challenge 2022
Gold - SF World Spirits Competition 2022, 2021
94 Points, Excellent/Highly Recommended - Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2022
"Stately nose of cinnamon, brown sugar, creamed corn, and burnt grapefruit peel. Luxuriant and warming on the palate, toasted nuts, dried fruits, and coconut meat come to mind before a touch of brown sugar and orchard fruit on the finish."
93 Points - Wine Enthusiast