Small-batch extra-aged bourbons are something special, and nothing proves this like Elijah Craig 23-Year Single Barrel Bourbon. To understand the history of Elijah Craig is to understand the history of bourbon itself. Reverend Elijah Craig was a prominent figure in nineteenth-century Kentucky, having built the first paper and wood mills in Georgetown. In addition to being a Baptist preacher, land speculator and road builder, this multi-talented entrepreneur pioneered the use of charred oak barrels to produce aged bourbon, cementing his status as the Father of Bourbon. Today, his legacy lives on in the quintessential his Single Barrel 23-Year Bourbon, which is crafted using the same methods Craig himself used over 200 years ago.
Elijah Craig 23-Year is crafted using local Kentucky corn and grains, which are milled using limestone-rich spring water and then fermented and distilled to perfection. Master distillers patiently await each batch as charred oak barrels are left aging in small batches. As such, the 23-Year is one of the most complex barrel bourbons your taste buds will ever experience. Twenty-three years is a long time for a bourbon to age, so barrel selection is of the utmost importance. Barrels left to age in extreme temperatures can become too tannic or woody, so Elijah Craig 23-Year-Old Single Barrel is left in more moderate conditions, being carefully observed while the magic happens. The result is a complex whiskey with a delicate balance between barrel and distillate, which is a treat for any connoisseur.