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Elijah Craig 20 Year Old Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)
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- ABV 45%
Regular followers of whisk(e)y related news may be aware of Malt Advocate's American Whiskey award winner for 2012: Elijah Craig 20yo Single Barrel Bourbon. This release confirms Heaven Hill's reputation for holding a seemingly infinite amount of aged stocks, with more single barrel releases set to follow. (The downside is the suspension of a personal Nicks Wine Merchants favourite - the 18 year old Elijah Craig, which can still be purchased - for the time being).
A statement from Heaven Hill: “…We’ve carefully identified several hundred that are at middle to high storage in our best rick houses, and these will be the source for these very special future Elijah Craig Single Barrel editions. These are some of the best older barrels of traditional rye-based Bourbon we have in our inventory.”
The varying nature of single barrels means their identification is important. The title ‘Best American Whiskey’ is bound to sway some buying decisions - especially when it comes from a reputable source like Malt Advocate. However, it would be inaccurate to promote all barrels as equals or in this case the same as John Hansell’s awarded version of Elijah Craig 20yo.
The front label of our featured release, states: “drawn from the same lot as Whisky Advocate’s American Whisky of the Year”, which simply implies that it hails from the same distillate. The barrel reviewed by Malt Advocate was a 2011 release numbered: 3735, which was only released in Heaven Hill’s Bourbon Heritage Centre in Bardstown, Kentucky.
The good news is, considering past form, it would be hard to imagine these releases to be anything short of the highest standard, but then who knows how these batches will vary. John Hansell provides a reassuring statement from a February 2nd, 2012 entry on his website (www.whiskyadvocateblog.com); 'If there is one thing Heaven Hill has proven on numerous occasions, it’s that they know how to cherry-pick great whiskeys for their single barrel bottlings.'
This 2012, 20 year old bottling has yielded approx. 1,300 bottles across 80 barrels. Our current stocks are labelled as barrel No. 20. No tasting notes available, but we look forward to cracking one of these soon!
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