||Charred Virgin Oak|
||75% Corn; 13% Rye; 12% Malt|
|Distiller||Heaven Hill (Bardstown, Kentucky)|
One of many single cask selections that Kensington Wine Market in Calgary does, but mostly Scotch – only a couple of bourbons are chosen. Barrel 5214622, warehouse F, floor 3, barrel 17 F.
Batch: Barrel 5214622
Bottling Code: N/A
Bottling Date: 2019
Soft for an Elijah Criag, not quite as oaky as many. Sweet honey, roasted hazlenuts and pistachios and other mixed nuts, corn oil, tobacco, leather, maple, and even something a bit floral – like potpourri! Old musty oak too – I love that smell in a bourbon. A sweet, oaky palate which is fairly complex – with nuts, spices, and some orange all working well together. The finish is full of oaky caramel, honey – and a bit of earthiness too which is a very nice touch. Quite a nice finish – rich, complex, with decent length.
Oddly, lots of oak here but not very tannic. I’m a bit surprised; it makes it seem a bit lighter than it is.
I rate it very similarly, but I think I actually slightly prefer the official bottlings of Elijah Craig, as I do like the bigger oakiness in Elijah Craig – but I think this would appeal to those who like softer, less oaky bourbons. This showcases a different side of Elijah Craig stock.
Highly Recommended (49% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).
Value: Average. In bourbons alone, it’s a bit below par.