Elijah Craig 12 year old K&L Exclusive Single Barrel #8434 Bourbon 750ml (ships as a 1.5L)
This barrel is from the first batch of the final lot of Elijah Craig Single Barrel, which has been discontinued. It turned out a reasonable 15 cases. It's a wonderful contrast to cask #8446 and showing a totally different profile. Here we have all that vanilla that you'd expect, but it's not artificial at all. It feels as though you'd just grated fresh Tahitian vanilla bean into a bowl of Seville orange peels. This gives way to a lovely savory oak spice, which has a definite underbrush note. We're walking in the forest now. The savory forest notes almost gives a sense of salinity, which translates well on the palate. Salt water taffy and more oak spice. This has that pepper we missed in #8446. It's quite a bit drier as well, but the oak does not become harsh or bitter, it's rather warming and inviting.