BARDSTOWN, KY—Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc., the country’s largest independent family-owned and operated spirits producer and marketer, announces a new limited edition release of Elijah Craig 23-Year-Old Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.  Heaven Hill, who holds the world’s second largest inventory of Bourbon and the most “extra-aged” barrels of any distillery in its rickhouses, began shipping the rarity into selected markets across the country in mid-August and it will hit retail shelves in August and September. The new bottling follows up on the success of the sold-out Elijah Craig 20-Year-Old Single Barrel, released in the Spring of 2012 and named “American Whiskey of the Year” by Whisky Advocate magazine, and the Elijah Craig 21- Year-Old, released last Fall and designated “Excellent/Highly Recommended“ at the 2013 Ultimate Spirits Challenge.  The new 23-Year-Old bottling will carry an average retail price of $199.99 for the 750ml size, and like last year’s 21-Year-Old will be in limited distribution in top metro markets. Full article here.

Elijah Craig 12 Year Review

Today’s review was submitted by Andy Seher, a Portland-area bartender and whiskey enthusiast. He hopes you will check him out at his site: http://cocktailsandcommunion.com/

Elijah Craig 12 Year Our Rating: 92%

Elijah Craig 12 Year

Name: Elijah Craig 12-year

Bottled By: Heaven Hill Distillery

ABV: 47%

Proof: 94

Age: 12 years

Notes: The nose is all sweet corn with hints of apples, vanilla, caramel, rich syrup, and toffee. It’s very complex. To taste, Elijah Craig warms the tongue nicely with intense oak, vanilla, caramel, and toffee notes. Each sip is intensely flavorful and the finish is medium. You won’t find many 12-year old bourbons in this price range. Elijah Craig’s affordability combined with it’s rich flavors make it a great choice to sip neat or on the rocks.

Price: $25-27

History: Elijah Craig (1738-1808) was a Baptist preacher and entrepreneur in the part of the Virginia Territory that later become the state of Kentucky. He is sometimes credited with the invention of bourbon whiskey. His good and historic name has been appropriated by Heaven Hill Distillery for two of its premium bourbons, including this one.

Special thanks to Andy for submitting this great review.