About Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon
Following the defeat of the British at the Battle of Yorktown during the American Revolutionary War, the territory west of the Appalachian mountains became known as Kentucky County. At the time, the territory was considered part of Virginia, and was overseen by a military governor named John J. Bowman. In order to encourage westward expansion, Virginia issued pioneers who agreed to settle in Kentucky County "corn writs," which granted the pioneers 60 acres of land if they agreed to settle in Kentucky and start farming corn.
One year after the defeat of the British, a Baptist minister named Elijah Craig emigrated to Fayette County (today, a part of the State of Kentucky) and purchased 1,000 acres of land in a town named Lebanon. In 1789, Craig built a distillery on his farm and is credited with being the first person to mature bourbon in charred, oak casks, earning him the title "Father of Bourbon Whiskey.” Elijah Craig has become a household name in the world of bourbon, and this is not without reason.
Made in the same tradition as Elijah Craig’s other award-winning bourbons, Barrel Proof is without a shadow of a doubt an essential experience for bourbon lovers: aged 12 years, uncut, straight from the barrel, and non-chill filtered. The proof for each barrel varies from batch to batch, making each bottle unique. The first letter of each batch number indicates which of that year’s releases the bottle was a part of. Beginning with “A,” the second digit determines the month the bottle was released, followed by the year. Typically released 3 times each year, Batch B522 was the first batch of 2022 that was released in May. Bottled at 121 proof, it offers a classic bourbon taste profile and a deceptively smooth drinking experience.
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