Elijah Craig – Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey

Elijah Craig
Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey 
Heaven Hill Brands

Proof: 94
ABV: 47%
Style: Bourbon
State: KY 
Price: $$

Rob Allanson 8.9

Nose: So floral at first. A florist’s on a sunny day, jasmine, honeysuckle and orchids; heady stuff. Then red apples, poached pears and waxy mango. Sugar-coated orange sweets.

Palate: Follows the nose well, floral notes then those wonderful fruits. Oranges with brown sugar, pears in cider and caramel candy.

Finish: Juicy citrus notes, then it dries on tannins; think black tea.

Comments: Oh yes, hello Kentucky. If the state did orange groves…

Sam Coyne 7.8

Nose: Caramel and a big oaked spice note. Sweetness of toffee apples comes through.

Palate: Sweetness continues, along with tannins and oak Caramel and vanilla comes to the fore, although moves to rye bread and spice. Menthol and coriander moves towards  a real drying grassiness.

Finish: Long and spicy.

Comments: No one flavor takes over, but wooded spice errs on being too much. Palate has a lot going on. Balance is impressive.

Grain & Barrel – Collaborative Distilling

The Bardstown Bourbon Company announces Grain & Barrel Spirits’ participation in its program to produce custom bourbon and whiskey for the historic Chicken Cock brand.

A partnership between The Bardstown Bourbon Company (BBCo) and Grain & Barrel Spirits – the maker of pre-prohibition favorite, Chicken Cock Whiskey – has been announced, with the latter joining BBCo’s collaborative distilling program.

The two will work together to produce custom bourbon and whiskey for the historic Chicken Cock brand, dating back to 1856. BBCo and Grain & Barrel concluded their first distillation of 616 barrels at the end of August.

Through the distilling program, the master distiller at Grain & Barrel, Gregg Snyder will collaborate with the Bourbon Hall of Fame master distiller, Steve Nally and BBCo’s first class distilling team to produce high-quality, small-batch whiskey, bourbon and rye for many years to come.

“Joining the Collaborative Distilling Program at BBCo completes the exciting resurrection of Chicken Cock, one of the oldest bourbon brands in the country,” said Matti Anttila, chief executive officer of Grain & Barrel Spirits. “The brand is now officially 100 per cent back home in Kentucky, a mere 80 miles from Paris, where its story began 162 years ago. Working with the world class team at BBCo we are confident that the brand’s best years are ahead of it.”

“We are proud to work with the Grain & Barrel team and become the home for Chicken Cock Whiskey,” said David Mandell, CEO of Bardstown Bourbon Company. “Chicken Cock Whiskey has an incredible history in Kentucky, and we are excited to add to the next chapter in its development.”

Due to the success of its sold-out Collaborative Distilling Program, BBCo recently expanded its three million proof gallon capacity to 6.8 million proof gallons, which started operations in early July this year.

DC Destination

It’s time to visit one of America’s truly great bars

Rather than art on the walls, Jack Rose Dining Saloon in Washington DC features rows and rows of Bourbons, ryes, Scotches, Canadian whiskies and more. There are so many bottles in the regular ebb and flow of things there is a counter on their website with the current number of bottles available for sale – today at 2,687. This is one of the top destinations worldwide for whiskey lovers. 

Not all of these are shelf brands, either. There are dusties, private barrel selections, rare bottles, and more. Owner Bill Thomas has also recently partnered with Bourbon historian Michael Veach to distill a one-of-a-kind whiskey that, when it matures, will only be available at Jack Rose Dining Saloon. It’s the place you go if you want to try the original green glass Old Boone Pappy, which was not a wheater, or any other mythical creature of the whiskey world.

This is a bar that gets right to the point – though there is excellent food served for dinner patrons, it’s not open for lunch even on weekends. The 5pm daily opening time signals that when you visit you had better be ready to try your bucket list whiskeys right then and there, while you have the rare opportunity to do so.

The cocktail list is short but solid and broken up by spirit – whiskey, gin, rum, tequila/mezcal and vodka. Each cocktail is handcrafted to order, featuring ingredients such as the house barrel-aged bitters.

For guests looking to enjoy a cigar with their whiskey, Jack Rose has partnered with W. Curtis Draper Tobacconist, a Washington, DC staple for 127 years, to offer a small selection of about a dozen different cigars in a humidor right by the front door. In nice weather there is a patio overlooking the street, where guests may enjoy their moment of relaxation under propane heaters when necessary. Available cigars include La Aroma De Cuba, La Palina, Liga Privada, Nat Sherman, and more.

The lack of state liquor laws in Washington, DC is partly responsible for the success of this establishment. Thomas has been able to legally purchase and sell vintage spirits for years, getting the jump on bars in other states which had to lobby their governments to pass vintage spirits laws. Thomas has been buying vintage spirits for years at auctions and from private collectors, amassing a huge collection for the bar’s vintage spirits menu. There are no limits to what vintage spirits can be sold here, though you can rest assured Thomas is obsessed with the quality of the spirits he sells in his establishment.

Jack Rose Dining Saloon isn’t just the kind of place you check out when you are in town – it’s the kind of place you buy a plane ticket and make a hotel reservation to see. If you are a true connoisseur of any type of whiskey, especially Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey, you must make it a point to visit the Jack Rose Dining Saloon.

JACK ROSE
DINING SALOON

2007 18th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
Jackrosediningsaloon.com