Elijah Craig K&L Exclusive Single Barrel #5325830 Bourbon 750ml (ships as a 1.5L) SKU #1405900

Price: $29.99

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Tasting Notes

The history of Elijah Craig is the history of Bourbon. Reverend Elijah Craig was a Baptist preacher and active character in 1800s Kentucky. He was an educator, road builder, land speculator, and built the first paper and wool mills in Georgetown, KY. But it was his gift as a distiller and entrepreneur that establishes his place in history as The Father of Bourbon. How did Elijah Craig become credited with pioneering the charring of the oak barrels used to age Bourbon? We’re actually not totally sure. A lot of the history is lost, and there are several versions of the story. One account tells of an accidental fire in Elijah’s mill, which charred the wooden barrels and changed the whiskey inside. Makes for a great story at your next Bourbon tasting, doesn’t it? Other accounts speak of Elijah storing his wares in former sugar barrels, and becoming impressed with how the charring of the barrels improved the flavor. The truth is, no one really knows how Elijah began charring his barrels, but once he figured it out, it’s easy to understand why he continued to develop the process and changed Bourbon making forever. Inside, the clear, unaged corn liquor becomes transformed into a bold amber liquid, with a distinctively smooth flavor that makes Bourbon what it is. We rarely get access to Heaven Hill single barrels, but when we do, we snap them up. We expect a lot of people to do the same. This barrel is 9 years from Warehouse W, 6th floor. 134pf when pulled for bottling at 47%.

Staff Reviews

  • Neal Fischer
    By: Neal Fischer
    K&L Staff Member
    If you know you're normally a fan of Elijah Craig's style then this will be right up your alley. Our K&L single barrel pick has those rich and caramelly notes that Craig is known for. Nice scents of vanilla, well-toasted oak, and cherry candy meet the nose. What sets this barrel apart from the standard Craig is more fresh black pepper spice, buttery popcorn, some dustiness, and a stroke of menthol. On the palate, the spice announces itself first, followed by the burnt wood flavors, then it moves on to drippy caramel territory. The finish is decidedly woody with a touch of spice.
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    This is the classic Bourbon you've been looking for from the premier producer in Kentucky. Sure to please with its sweet toffee note, caramel corn, hint of pepper, and long finish. Though there is richness, it doesn't feel heavy or too hot, but fresh and super smooth. This is the perfect bottling for novices and old-hands alike.
    Top Value!
  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    K&L Staff Member
    One of Heaven Hill's finest barrel programs is Elijah Craig. Always a huge hit, these barrels are luscious, rich, and absurdly inexpensive for the very high quality. This barrel clocks in just under 10 years old and is packed with dark caramel, candied corn, a touch of fresh baked bread, and a lingering spicy finish. Great bourbon shouldn't be expensive. EC single barrel's hit the hammer on the head for an old fashioned value proposition.


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