Elijah Craig – Toasted Barrel

Here’s one of those whiskies we would always search for but could never find. Until we visited friends in Virginia. We not only got a chance to taste it but also got to take home the bottle (Thanks Kevin A).

For this expression, Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon is used as the base. After the Small Batch is fully matured it is finished in custom toasted new oak barrel casks giving it new life and a bit more sweetness to the Toasted Barrel.

Nose: vanilla, caramel, and oak 

Palate: cinnamon, pepper, spices, and chocolate 

Finish: spices and warmth 

Cost: $50 MSRP

ABV: 47%

If you like the Small Batch and wished it were slightly sweeter, well your prayers were answered. This is a much sweeter version of the Small Batch. It’s loaded with cinnamon and chocolate. You also get pepper which quickly awakens your senses and fools you into thinking a harsh burn is coming at the end. Which never shows up. There’s only a slight burn and a sweet, smooth finish to this whiskey.

This whiskey has certainly been elevated and given a completely new tasting profile. Cinnamon is the one main note I continually got repeatedly with each sip. I personally love cinnamon, so I really enjoyed this whiskey. I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought it would. It’s delicious!

It’s a whiskey worth getting if you enjoy sweeter whiskies and, if can purchase at MSRP. If you don’t enjoy sweeter whiskies or don’t like cinnamon, you are not going to enjoy this whiskey. You should also not purchase at secondary prices. It’s good, but it’s not paying an arm and a leg good. If you can’t find it at a good price just buy the Small Batch.


Note: The contents on my blog are solely my opinion. To me every palate is different! Although I may or may not like a product, I always recommend for people to try it and make up their own minds.

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