Very Oaky on the Nose and Palate

Review by Mark Pringle |

82 Highly Rated Bourbon General Review of Elijah Craig Toasted Barrel

Elijah Craig Toasted Barrel is very oaky on the nose and palate, buttery and sweet. The great thing about this bottle is that the longer I had it, the better it got, and it was great from the beginning. 

Elijah Craig Toasted Barrel


Rating: 82


Ratings breakdown based on a 100 point scale.

  • 90-100 Exceptional
  • 80-89 Very Good
  • 70-79 Average
  • 60-69 Below Average
  • 50-60 Drain Pour

Detailed Tasting Notes

Nose Review - Rating: 85

Sweetness and oak are immediately evident on the nose. If you set your glass down for a while without drinking and go back to it a minute later, the BIG caramel aroma appears and is almost overwhelming. Butterscotch settles in once that buttery thick nose mingles with the caramel. I can smell this all day.

Palate Review - Rating: 83

The palate reflects the nose, with buttery oak being the first sensation to hit your tongue. I would have been even better with a little more rye kick. Still, sweet buttery oak is the king here.

Finish Review - Rating: 80

The finish is of moderate length and flavorful. It would have been nice with a little more kick (I seem to be repeating myself), but it only has 10% rye.

Uniqueness Review - Rating: 79

There are a few bourbons that are close. Woodford Reserve Double Oak and Old Forester 1910. So, it's not without competition.

Value Review - Rating: 84

This is hard to find in many regions, but when you do find ECTB, it's usually not allocated, and you will find it slightly about its retail of $49.99.

Author: Mark Pringle
Smell IS taste. I am just a guy who has been hit with the bourbon bug and who has come to the conclusion that life is too short to drink average tasting bourbons. Go Gators!
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