December 15, 2016
Elijah Craig 18-Year-Old Single Barrel Released
After returning last Fall from a three year hiatus due to inventory shortages, Heaven Hill again released Elijah Craig 18-Year-Old Single Barrel on a limited national basis in October. A past winner of the “Best Bourbon” award at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Elijah Craig 18-Year-Old Single Barrel was first introduced by Heaven Hill in 1994, and quickly gained legendary status at a time when super-premium Bourbon offerings were few and far between.
The selection process for Elijah Craig Single Barrel is one of the most stringent at Heaven Hill. From an aging inventory of over 1.2 million barrels, the second largest American Whiskey holdings in the world, Master Distiller Denny Potter selects only those that meet his strict nosing and taste criteria. While taste nuances will vary slightly from one barrel to the other, as they should in a single barrel offering, in general he has selected for complex, multi-layered taste profiles that balance the 18 years in new charred oak with honey and toasted wood notes. As befits a Bourbon that has seen 72 variable Kentucky seasons, the finish is engaging and lingers with vanilla and pepper.