Elijah Craig 23 year old (Barrel No. 26), 45%

Price: $200 Issue: Winter 2014 Reviewer: John Hansell

Yes, 23 years is a long time to age bourbon. And yes, there's plenty of oak influence. But there's an underlying sweetness that balances the oak spice (with this particular cask; others may vary). Chewy in texture, with toffee, dates, fig cake (with nuts), barrel char, tobacco, leather, and a dusting of cocoa.