Hannah009 says on October 6, 2019
One of my favorites of the limited releases from Elijah Craig. I am sad to report that it has poured its last Glencairn. Well met. Would buy again IF found.
SETTING: This bourbon could very well be enjoyed at the end of a rodeo mixed with all of the adrenaline, warmth, and excitement. The stadium lights are bright and the cheers loud.
- Made in: Kentucky, USA
- Distiller: Heaven Hill
- Age: 12 years
- Mash bill: corn=78%, malted barley=12%, rye=10%
- Casks: Barrel char #3
- Barrel Entry Proof: 125
- ABV: 65.5% (131 proof)
- Enjoyment method: neat from a Glencairn glass with father and fellow reviewer, Brian Dawson (username: bdawson57). Check out his review for this bourbon and many others on his profile!
The first whiff is surprisingly not an overbearing alcohol, despite this bourbon being such a high proof. But don't get over-confident; you could get hurt. A very yeasty, dark bread greets the nose with lighter fruits sitting just behind. A deeper, cautious inhale allows graham crackers, brown sugar, and oak to emerge.
- Mouth feel: full and rich - crazy warm
- Balance: complex
- Visual: clinging circle of crown. The legs are quick to run off.
- Taste: While negotiable on the nose, the alcohol demands to be acknowledged and respected. The oak, somewhat sweet in taste, blooms after a moment and is incredibly warming. Cloves and other savory spices manage to somehow both be subtle on the palate as well as sinus-clearing. Other leathery tones make you want to bite down hard for a Kentucky chew. And a warm, salted-caramel can be found if you really dedicate yourself to that Kentucky chew risk.
This doesn't coax a lot of fruit, but if you squint, A green grape may make a cameo appearance for a second.
The overall warmth of this is really overpowering, but, boy is it enjoyable!
- Lasting power: very long and you get more depth and feel as you go. The warmth settles deep in the chest and radiates up and through the body. What a happy feel.
- No more: Spicy oak permeates the empty glass and gives you all of the warmth you could ever look for. One feels as though they want to find a C917 stave to snuggle into.