Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon (Batch A120), 68.3%

Price: $60 Issue: Summer 2020 Reviewer: Jeffery Lindenmuth

An herbal nose featuring menthol, eucalyptus, and horehound is endowed with plenty of earthy oak, evoking sawmill, empty wine casks, and dusty floorboards. Generous oak courses through the palate, the drying tannins reining in the dense sweetness as the whiskey brandishes bold spices, including allspice, pepper, and clove. Water gives this bourbon much needed room to run, revealing greater polish and rich layers of flavor.