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%
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.
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.