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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.

Old Fitzgerald BiB 11 years

Bottle of Old Fitzgerald with glencairn glass.

I didn’t think I was going to be lucky enough to find a bottle of this, but I was really hoping I would in large part because I love beautiful bottles and doubly so when the bourbon is good. 

This bottle was designed to evoke a 1950s style decanter and they pulled that off with ease. Not saying if the bourbon is bad it’s worth it for the decanter but it’d be close. I’d heard some good things but I wanted to see for myself how this bourbon.

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Elijah Craig 23

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I found this bottle at a dusty little shop in Massachusetts and immediately snatched it up. By the time I bought it it had already been on the shelf for at least a year, and after buying it I only drank one dram over in a year. However, I recently had some friends over and decided to break it out. Over the course of the night we ended up drinking half a bottle. 

Just as a quick aside whiskey, I believe, is meant to be shared not hoarded. If you have a bottle you’ve been stocking away, pull it out and share it with some friends or family and you’ll enjoy it more than if you saved it to drink by yourself. I know I always do. 

So how did this measure up after sitting around for the last year?
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Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Showdown

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof

As I have mentioned before in a previous post I was able to get a couple bottles of the new Elijah Craig Barrel Proof. After having it sit in my vault for awhile unopened I decided it was time to open it up and see how it fared. But then I thought it would be better to do a side-by-side tasting with what remains of one of my older bottles of ECBP. So here we are two barrel proof bourbons enter the ring and only one wi– well they will both get drank and enjoyed.

 

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