Elijah Craig single barrel tasting

Elijah Craig (1738 –1808) was a famous Baptist preacher in Virginia – in an area of Virginia that later became the state of Kentucky. He is popularly credited with the invention of bourbon whiskey, although historians note that when he opened his distillery, 1789, there already were a number of people making bourbon.

For whiskey drinkers, Elijah Craig is a premium brand of bourbon from the Heaven Hill Bernheim Distillery (Bardstown, Kentucky.) Recently I had the privilege of tasting three different single barrel batches. All were good bourbon!  I did note that bottle #1 was a bit sweeter, and hit my preferred flavor profile right on. Bottle #2 and 3 were noticably different, more complex, more tannins. If I could pick a barrel for myself it would have been #1, but the majority of tasters at Gary’s Liquors, in Chestnut Hill, MA, went for #3 – which turned out to be a highly sought-after 12 year old barrel!

Elijag Craig single barrel

Love the detail – serial number, warehouse and floor – they have this down to a science.

Elijah Craig Single Barrel 2





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