Elijah Craig Barrel Proof A121
Elijah Craig Barrel Proof 12 Year Bourbon releases are bottled without any dilution or chill filtering. The batch numbers provide specific information about the release: The first letter indicates which of that year's releases the bottle was a part of starting with "A", while the second digit is a number that determines the month of the year the bottle was released. The third and fourth digits indicate the year. Batch A121 is bottled at 62.1% ABV.
Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch A121 Whiskey Tasting Notes
Nose: Nose is strong on the wood, but more cedar and pine than oak, plenty of the sweet side of the oak is there, thick with vanilla and caramel, with a little wood spice-driven cinnamon and dryness.
Palate: On the palate, it’s light on the tongue. The whiskey is surprisingly restrained, given that it’s over 60% alcohol, but at the same time it’s not one that absolutely requires a little water to dial it down. I found it drinkable as is.
Finish: The finish is also on the light side, and is where the woodiness really kicks in, going down a good bit oaky and a little bit spicy.
Following the defeat of the British at the Battle of Yorktown during the American Revolutionary War, the territory west of the Appalachian Mountains became known as Kentucky County. At the time, it was considered part of Virginia and was overseen by military governor, John J. Bowman. In order to encourage westward expansion, Virginia issued pioneers who agreed to settle in Kentucky County "corn writs," which granted the pioneers 60 acres of land if they agreed to settle in Kentucky and start farming corn.
Only a year after the defeat of the British, a Baptist minister named Elijah Craig emigrated to that part present day Kentucky and purchased 1,000 acres of land in a town named Lebanon. In 1789, Craig built a distillery on his farm and is credited with being the first person to mature bourbon in charred, oak casks, earning him the title "Father of Bourbon Whiskey."
Today Elijah Craig is owned by Heaven Hill Distilleries, a private, family-owned and operated American distillery company headquartered in the infamous whiskey town of Bardstown, Kentucky. It was founded in 1935 famous for the Heaven Hill brand of Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and a variety of other distilled spirits.