The new bottling follows up on the success of the sold-out Elijah Craig 20 Year Old Single Barrel, which was released in the spring of 2012 and named “American Whiskey of the Year” by Whisky Advocate magazine, and the Elijah Craig 21 Year Old, released last autumn and designated “Excellent/Highly Recommended" at the 2013 Ultimate Spirits Challenge.
|New Limited Edition Elijah Craig 23 Year Old - 45% ABV|
The barrels for Elijah Craig 23 Year Old have been drawn from the middle floors of the rickhouses, where the effects of long aging are mitigated by the more moderate temperature fluctuations. This careful barrel selection, drawn from Heaven Hill’s inventory of over one million aging barrels, means the whiskey offers depth and complexity but still perfectly maintains the delicate balance between barrel and distillate.
Commenting on the new release Heaven Hill Senior Brand Manager, Susan Wahl said: “All of the extra-aged limited edition American Whiskeys we have released, including the previous Elijah Craig Single Barrels as well as our Parker’s Heritage Collection and the Rittenhouse 21, 23 and 25-Year-Old, have quickly sold through to the connoisseur markets. This release, like the 21 Year Old and 20 Year Old Single Barrels that preceded it, will take the consumer on a tasting journey of discovery that will motivate them to move up the line, from the more widely available 12 Year-Old Elijah Craig Small Batch, to Elijah Craig Barrel Proof and on through these more aged, rarer bottlings.”
The new 23 Year Old bottling will carry an average retail price of $199.99 for the 750ml size, and like last year’s 21 Year-Old will be in limited distribution in top metro markets.
Source: Heaven Hill Distilleries