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Friday, March 29, 2024

OHLQ Announces One Day Release - Elijah Craig Private Barrel Barrel Proof and Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond 8-Year - 3/29

The Ohio Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ) has announced a bonus release of an exclusive selection of Elijah Craig Private Barrel Barrel Proof, as well as a limited supply of Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond 8-Year. These products will be released at 9:00 a.m. at select OHLQ locations and will be available until sold out.

For this release, the State has 27 (!) barrels worth of product from Elijah Craig ($84.99+ tax) and an undetermined amount of Old Fitzgerald ($109.99 + tax). The tasting notes for the Elijah Craig are:

Elijah Craig - All barrels will have a different proof. You can check locations here.
  • Barrel #6294465 - Notes of rye spice, rich toffee, and chocolate greet the nose, opening to a palate of roasted vanilla bean, comforting cinnamon, and luscious chocolate for a finish as sweet as confectionary.

  • Barrel #6349251 - Enticing aromas of brown sugar and dew-kissed foliage give way to warm notes of rich caramel and creamy vanilla, and a finish of warm baking spice.

  • Barrel #6568739 - Caramel, toffee, and fresh leather notes on nose reveal a rich palate of baking spices accented by bright candied citrus and the embrace of a moderate to long finish.

  • Barrel #6684016 - Freshly baked maple donuts harmonize with baking spice to delight the nose, opening to notes of candied orange peel and allspice that linger on the palate with a subtle wisp of smoke.

  • Barrel #6684017 - Delicate floral aromas on the nose introduce delectable layers of soft vanilla balanced with warm spice.

  • Barrel #6694910 - Alluring aromas of spiced cake, ginger, and nutmeg greet the nose before cascading into a palate of tart dark cherry and crisp candy apple with a sweetly spiced finish.

  • Barrel #6748019 - A bouquet of buttery sweet aromas and notes of freshly cut wood welcomes a palate of warm clove and dark cherry. A long finish of sun-kissed stone fruit and spice completes the experience.

  • Barrel #6752132 - Hints of toasted oak mingle with ripe fruit and candied orange before blossoming into flavors of smooth butterscotch with a nip of white pepper, fading to a finish of seasoned oak and leather.

  • Barrel #6822991 - Scents of ripe currant and warm allspice entice the nose; a balanced palate of sweet fig and grassy notes of hay finishes with robust spice and clove.

  • Barrel #6822992 - Inviting aromas of homemade caramel apple pie with a buttery crust intertwine with rich flavors of spiced molasses cookie and toasted oak, winding down to a spiced finish with a hint of char.

  • Barrel #6822993 - Playful aromas of spun sugar and sun-dried apricot mix on the nose, pairing with notes of stone fruit, savory toasted hazelnut, and a hint of spice on the palate.

  • Barrel #6822994 - Nostalgic Saturday morning breakfast aromas of cinnamon toast cereal complement a palate of warm honey-glazed donuts and caramelized sugar.

  • Barrel #6822995 - Aromas of fresh-baked sweet rolls and an intriguing hint of barley satisfy the nose; expand to adventurous flavors of Chinese five-spice and malt, and finish with subtle, earthy notes of hay.

  • Barrel #6822996 - Comforting notes of cinnamon and sugar delight the nose, while warm baking spice, vanilla toffee, and toasted oak deliciously embrace the palate.

  • Barrel #6822998 - Step into a vintage ice cream parlor, as aromas of vanilla bean ice cream and waffle cones allure the senses, opening to a sweet palate of baking spice, caramelized sugar, and toasted oak with a hint of nuttiness.

  • Barrel #6823000 - Zesty orange and lemon candy aromas give way to a gentle palate of dusted sugar with hints of nutmeg and warm cinnamon, finishing with a pleasant, sweet heat that lingers on the palate.

  • Barrel #6862804 - Sweet scents of caramelized sugar and vanilla open to a balanced palate of luscious Honeycrisp apples and warm, lightly toasted oak for a complex and enjoyable sip.

  • Barrel #6862805 - A fusion of melted butter, cinnamon, and sugar aromas unite on the nose, opening to a harmonious palate of warm spice and comforting sweetness, with a lingering, confectionary finish.

  • Barrel #6871222 - Pleasing aromas of honey, vanilla, and cinnamon invite a palate of dates, buttery crumble, and baking spice, all accented by smooth vanilla.

  • Barrel #6871277 - Scents of fresh spiced cookies awaken the senses, giving way to a pleasant palate of milky caramel and spice that finishes with a hint of charred oak.

  • Barrel #6871278 - Notes of sweet vanilla, butter, and toasted oak envelop the nose, leading to a balanced profile of sweet, nutty, delicate spice that warms and briefly lingers on the palate.

  • Barrel #6888517 - The inviting aroma of nutty toffee greets sweet layers of vanilla and cinnamon that meld on the palate.

  • Barrel #6888543 - Hints of brown sugar-drizzled apples and vanilla caramel cremes dazzle the palate, along with flavorful notes of baking spice and deep oak.

  • Barrel #7047190 - A bouquet of toasted oak, fresh fruit, and a delicate swirl of vanilla, blossoms into sweet spice, revealing notes of cinnamon and faint hints of oak and new leather.

  • Barrel #7059797 - Strong aromas of butterscotch, vanilla, and oak land on the nose before revealing bold flavors of spice and caramel on the palate.

  • Barrel #7061106 - Woven aromas of toasted oak, toffee, and creamy milk chocolate give way to sweet and nutty flavors of brittle before a crescendo of spice delivers a warming finish.

  • Barrel #7149531 - Smooth and buttery notes of caramel captivate the nose before opening to a viscous palate of candied cinnamon and burnt sugar, culminating in a lingering finish of sweet spice and toasted oak. 
My Take

This is an absolute no-brainer if you see the Old Fitzgerald. Those bottles are highly collectable and very rate. I wish there were more details about that part of the release. For the Elijah Craig, it's worth grabbing a bottle if you see it, but I wouldn't be making special trips to pick this up. 

What do you think? Drop a note in the comments below. 

Source: OHLQ

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