Elijah Craig Barrel Proof has been a cask strength stalwart for a decade and now, in a further tweaking of things, it will have different age statements with each release.
A statement from parent company Heaven Hill noted that starting with this year’s B523 expression, Elijah Craig Barrel Proof will now be barreled in small batches with varying age statements.
Each batch of Elijah Craig Barrel Proof will have its own unique taste profile and proof, as in years past, now with a unique age statement that will retain the extra-aged characteristic the brand is known for.
The whiskey remains non-chill-filtered and uncut, to preserve all the natural esters and taste components from the barrels to the bottle, the distillers explained.
On each bottle’s face label, Elijah Craig will detail the lowest age of the barrel within the batch, as legally required. The transition of the age from the side to the face label will also show more transparent details down to the month, regardless of how large or small the quantity of the lowest aged barrels in that edition.
The distiller’s statement also noted that batches will be determined to taste and quality by the master tasting team, which includes Master Distiller Conor O’Driscoll, Master Taster Tawnie Gootee and Vice President of New Product Development and Quality Assurance Chris Briney.
This will allow the team to offer a true small batch selection process, going for the best extra-aged stocks for the best taste experiences.
Elijah Craig Barrel Proof B523 will show an age statement of 11 years, 5 months … which the distiller notes represents the youngest barrel in the batch. As a preview for the next batch, Elijah Craig officials offered that C923 will be aged more than 13 years as determined by taste over the next several months.
Elijah Craig Barrel Proof is available nationwide for a suggested retail price of $69.99. For more information, check out www.elijahcraig.com.
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