Elijah Craig 18yr (Rwr)
The oak fragrance jumps out of the glass at you. Vanilla fudge, honey and orchard fruits, such as cherries, flood your senses. The nose on this bourbon is invigorating and swirls with complexity. The vanilla and caramel flavors are expected but charred oak plows through without overwhelming the whiskey's delivery. It's actually soft for an old bourbon. This slow sipper has a long finish that spikes midway with hard spices and a musty twang.