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Elijah Craig – Barrel Proof

Elijah Craig - Barrel Proof with glencairn glass
Elijah Craig – Barrel Proof

Time for one of my faves and one of the few rare bourbons I can still find.

Bourbon: Elijah Craig – Barrel Proof
Batch B520; 63.6%

Color: Redwood

Nose: Vanilla, ethanol, oak, red hot candy, pepper

Taste: Oak, leather, potpourri, herbs, pepper, tobacco

Finish: This bourbon comes on strong and doesn’t let up. From the jump the it starts burning from the tip of the tongue and then throughout the mouth. Once the burning dies down your mouth is left feeling a bit worn out.

Verdict: B

This is definitely a bourbon that benefits from adding water. The burn goes from all-encompassing to acceptable and it opens up the bourbon to the point where I could catch some sweet and fruity notes.

Booker’s “Blue Knights Batch”

Bottle of Bookers with patially filled glencairn glass

Here’s the newest batch of Booker’s bourbon. I’ve been sitting on this one for a few weeks while I cleared out a few of my older reviews. Booker’s, to me, is synonymous with quality. There are very few that I don’t like and I think—even after the price increase—it’s one of the better buys out there right now. Whenever I buy a bottle even if it isn’t my favorite I know that it will be an experience and a worthwhile bourbon.

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Old Forester 1920 – Prohibition Style

Old Forester 1920 and dram
This expression is the third of Old Forester’s Whiskey Row collection with the first being the 1870 Original batch and the second the 1897 Bottled in Bond. I was not impressed with the 1870 and ended up using most of it in cooking and to spice up my tea, and I never got my hands on a bottle of the 1897 expression. I had been hearing lots of good things about this current expression, however, and went out of my way to grab a bottle. Will it become part of my regular rotation or is it fated to be mixed with tea?

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Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Barrel Proof 


I am a fan of the Col. E.H. Taylor line from Buffalo Trace, even though they tend to be hard to get a hold of here in Virginia. Because of that limited availability I’ve only had the single barrel, rye, and the small batch. The single barrel so far has been my favorite and it’s a bourbon I’d buy regularly if I could find it.

Yesterday I picked up a bottle of the barrel proof that I was lucky enough to win in a lotto, so how does it compare to the rest of the expressions?

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