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Elijah Craig Toasted Barrel | Small Batch Bourbon Review

Elijah Craig Toasted Barrel

Distillery: Heaven Hill Distillery

Proof: 94 proof

Mash bill: 78% Corn, 10% Rye, 12% malted barley

Age: NAS, likely 6-7 years old

MSRP: $50 (Probably won't find at MSRP very often, often allocated)

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Fool Proof Rating and Summary of Tasting Notes

Color: Burnt Amber

Nose: Sweet caramel, vanilla, apple piet, toasted/smoky oak. Fantastic nose!

Palate: Caramel, vanilla, cinnamon, fresh bread, dry toasted oak

Finish: Medium-length finish, lingering rye spice, and cinnamon

Feel: Moderate mouth coating with butter texture

See below for an in-depth review.

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For all my tastings I use either the Libbey Signature Kentucky Bourbon Trail Whiskey Glass or a traditional Glencairn glass. They both are great for nosing and help in discerning more subtle notes.


In-Depth Review of Elijah Craig Toasted Barrel | Heaven Hill

After the American victory in the Revolutionary War, pioneering folks were eager to explore new lands west of Appalachia. Virginia sweetened the deal by offering "corn writs" which granted them 60 acres a piece if they agreed to settle and start growing corn. Enter Elijah Craig - a Baptist minister who took that opportunity with both hands when he migrated to Fayette County (now part of Kentucky) securing 1,000 acres in a town named Lebanon.

Elijah Craig Toasted Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is a tribute to the Father of Bourbon, Elijah Craig. This unique whiskey has gone through an extra step for added complexity - it's twice barreled. After its initial barrel aging, this bourbon spends time in custom-toasted new oak barrels where it gains a sweeter flavor from the wood and becomes even better than before.


Elijah Craig Toasted Barrel Bourbon has a fantastic and inviting nose. It boasts warm aromas of buttery caramel and vanilla that can make you feel welcomed. There is also a hint of smokiness that almost rivals the sweet notes of apple pie, creating a unique experience for the senses. Not many bourbons can delicately combine these scents with as much grace as Elijah Craig Toasted Barrel Bourbon. I love the nose.


The first thing I noticed when tasting Elijah Craig Toasted Barrel Bourbon was its buttery texture; it wasn't too overwhelming, just enough to coat my tongue. The sweet caramel, vanilla, apple pie, and light smoke flavors were all discernible which created an interesting profile. I thought it could have been more intense but it still had an enjoyable taste and held its own regardless. I also noticed a subtle dryness that deducts from the palate a bit for me.


The finish on this small batch Elijah Craig bourbon is moderate in length, which gives you just the right amount of time to appreciate its delicate nuances. I picked up some subtle rye notes along with baking spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, followed by a lingering toasted oak at the end - it was really enjoyable. Again the finish is slightly dry and does take away from the overall experience.


Elijah Craig Toasted Barrel has a medium mouth-coating sensation and an extremely buttery texture.


With Elijah Craig Toasted Barrel, Heaven Hill has created a winner in my book. The first thing that hits you is its unique nose - The custom toasted charred oak barrels add sweetness and complexity. The nose is more inviting than most and it stands out. I would say the dryness on the palate and the finish were two slight disappointments, but overall I think this whisky is worth picking up if you can find it. It certainly ends as gracefully as it starts so even with these minor drawbacks, it still is well-rounded, and I enjoyed it! In my area, this one is usually allocated and hard to find at the store.

Check out my review of Elijah Craig Barrel Proof (My favorite Elijah Craig Bourbon) here.

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Below are my favorite glasses for doing tastings. The Libbey Signature Kentucky Bourbon Trail Whiskey Glass is my favorite because it has a little more heft to it and feels better in my hand than the traditional Glencairn glass does.


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