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Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon Review

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Review

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Elijah Craig Barrel Proof is one of my favorite bourbons. I look forward to each of the thrice yearly releases with great anticipation. Fortunately, I no longer have to explain to my wife why I need another Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon; she now also appreciates how different (yet also similar) each batch is. So, when I heard that Heaven Hill Distillery was adding ECBP to their single barrel program, I was needless to say, very excited.

Elijah Craig Beer Barrel Finish Bourbon

Elijah Craig Beer Barrel Finish Bourbon

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So this Elijah Craig Beer Barrel Finish Bourbon is super cool. It all began when Heaven Hill made a batch of their Elijah Craig Bourbon. It turns out that wasn’t just any Elijah Craig, it was the Elijah Craig that was crowned Whiskey of the Year back in 2018! The folks at Heaven Hill didn’t just chop up those empty barrels and use them for kindling. Oh, no. They sent those barrels to the fine folks at Goose Island Beer Company in Chicago. I know what you are thinking. They made planters out of them to decorate their breweries and tap rooms. Well, that’s not quite correct. They made one heck of an imperial stout and aged it for a year in those barrels. Then they released it on Black Friday 2018 as Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, one of my favorite beers!

Elijah Craig Toasted Barrel Bourbon Review

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Elijah Craig Toasted Barrel Bourbon is the latest addition to the Elijah Craig line. The original Elijah Craig bourbon is finished in a second “custom toasted” and “flash charred” new oak barrel for an undisclosed amount of time to create this bourbon. The process is similar to that used for Woodford Doubled Oaked, although the end result is a bit different.

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof, Elijah Craig 18 & Elijah Craig 23

Elijah Craig – Father of Bourbon?

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Elijah Craig is purported to be the “Father of Bourbon” according to the folks at Heaven Hill Distillery. They credit him with being the first to put his whiskey into charred barrels, although the exact details are unclear. His barrels may have been burnt in a fire and used anyway, with the resultant whiskey receiving a favorable reception.