New 21-Year-Old version to replace the sold-out Elijah Craig 20-Year-Old Single Barrel
How much does the age statement on a bottle of bourbon mean? If you’re like us, an older bourbon seems like it should be better, but doesn’t always live up to the more mature billing, or price. One incredible exception however, is Elijah Craig 21-Year-Old Single Barrel Bourbon ($140). It’s a remarkable bourbon that seems to be at an ideal age for sipping, with plenty of flavor, oak, and a subtle, easy burn. Where you might expect extra wood characteristics because of how long it spent in barrels you instead receive the welcome surprise of incredible balance. If you can get your hands on this rare bourbon, have a pour and relax, and try to remember what you were doing when this stuff was put into barrels.
Instead of the bronze label of the 20-Year-Old, this year’s 21-Year-Old will have a blue label, with the 21-year age statement prominently featured in reverse white and gold type in the center. As with all previous editions of Elijah Craig Single Barrel, there will be space on the back label where the specific barrel number and “barreled on” date will be hand written. The new Elijah Craig 21-Year-Old will be available in a three-bottle case of 750ml bottles, at its traditional 90 proof (45% alcohol by volume) strength.