Distillery: Heaven Hill, Bardstown, KY
Color: dark copper
Nose: Pecans, oak, bit of sweetness
On the palate: dry, light, then sweet, then a long, lingering, luscious, with walnutty wood.
Finish: dry oak, but balanced with a soft, sophisticated sweetness.
This is an upper shelf bourbon that I never really cared for before this bottle. The other ones I had were much too dry and woody. Why is this one so much better? Maybe it’s my palate changing, the actual age of the barrels going into these releases (according to a second-hand source, the earliest bottles of Elijah Craig 18 were actually from barrels that were 21 years old), or more likely, Brett and the other whiskey wizards at Binny’s know how to pick ‘em! It’s well under $50 too, a great bargain for a bourbon this age. I don’t know how many of these are left, but if you can track one down, get it!