Pappy Van Winkle 20 and Jefferson’s Presidential 21 could be meeting a new kind of match as Heaven Hill Distilleries tells BourbonBlog.com that they will release the new 21-Year-Old Elijah Craig Single Barrel to select markets across the country in August 2013 for $140 / 750 ml bottle.
BourbonBlog.com is the first media outlet to bring you a review and news on this special release. We also were the first to tell you about the 20-Year-Old Elijah Craig Single Barrel as it replaced the Elijah Craig 18-Year-Old in May of 2012.
This limited-edition Elijah Craig 21 has previously only been available at the gift shop of the Bourbon Heritage Center in Bardstown, Kentucky.
Is this 21-Year-Old worth it for $140 a bottle for your collection and the hunt?
For loyal followers of the Elijah Craig line who long for cooperage, absolutely. Elijah Craig 21 will be a great addition for the collection which aims to showcase varying ages and expressions.
However, if you want a Bourbon to speak age in a bold fashion, another Bourbon may be a better choice. Keep in mind that Elijah 21 is more about elegance and a refined aged flavor.
Once the allocation of Elijah 21 is sold out, Heaven Hill says no more will be available.
If you’re a fan of Elijah Craig 18, 20, you should enjoy 21. The notes have change a little between each expression of age.
In the past, Heaven Hill released Parker’s Heritage 27-Year-Old Bourbon and a 40th Anniversary Parker’s Heritage which was comprised of Bourbons up to 40 years old.
So this isn’t the first time Heaven Hill has brought their older Bourbons out to play. This is the oldest extra-aged Bourbon under the Elijah Craig Single Barrel line released to date.
This 90 proof, rye-based Bourbon barrels used for this 21-Year-Old Release were pulled from the middle floors Heaven Hill Distilleries rickhouses.
Below is our detailed review of this Bourbon.
Elijah 21 has a dry and somewhat robust nature which stays smooth, spicy and mellow throughout.
A method to extract all the flavors into your palette we like to use is keep a whiskey in your mouth for the number of seconds equal to the number of years it has been aged..so here count to 21 or longer because this Bourbon because needs it to open up some flavors.
BourbonBlog.com‘s rating for Elijah 21: 4 of 5 stars
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Elijah Craig 21-Year-Old Review
Bourbon: Elijah Craig 21-Year-Old Single Barrel, Heaven Hill Distilleries, Bardstown, Kentucky
Color: Medium to deep amber
Age: 21-years-old, bottled on 11-26-90
Proof: 45% ABV , 90 Proof
Nose:: The aroma that you’re greeted with when you step into a rickhouse. A “dustiness,” which is often a hallmark of a finely aged Bourbon. Nice prevalence of alcohol.
Taste: This Bourbon enters with buttery cooperage as though the Bourbon-infused particles of that pleasant dust and rickhouse atmosphere have been lacquered with a buttery concoction to create an elixir. Dry, spicy, a sweet touch with corn, hint of cinnamon candied walnuts.
Mid-palette to the end warms up.
Finish: Tangy and dry, fairly brief.