Elijah Craig has announced the release of its Limited-Edition Toasted Barrel finished in European Toasted Oak Barrels to commemorate the 2023 Ryder Cup.
Earlier this year, Elijah Craig announced a multi-year partnership which makes the bourbon brand the “Official Bourbon” and a worldwide supplier of the biennial competition.
This limited edition starts with fully matured Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon, which then finishes in new European oak barrels that have been toasted with a profile inspired by those used in the Lazio wine growing region. Lazio wines are grown in and around Rome, Italy, where the 2023 Ryder Cup is being held at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club, Sept. 29 through Oct. 1.
The European oak balances the sweetness and spiciness of the Lazio-inspired toast profile and the bright fruit character from the fully-matured Elijah Craig, the company reports. This edition leads with a nose of caramel and crème brûlée before the fruit notes emerge on the palate after initial notes of baking spices. The finish is moderately long, dominated by spice.
“We are thrilled to raise a glass to the 2023 Ryder Cup with this new limited-edition release of Elijah Craig Toasted Barrel,” says Max Stefka, Group Product Director, Elijah Craig Bourbon. “The unique marriage of toasted European Oak and our extra-aged Kentucky Bourbon offers a taste experience fit for one of the world’s greatest sporting events.”
Each bottle comes adorned with a neck label featuring the Ryder Cup trophy, a gold coin-emblazoned cork featuring the Ryder Cup logo, and a face label prominently featuring the “Official Bourbon” designation and Ryder Cup logo. The bottles will also come packaged in a gift box that further details the story of this one-time offering.
Elijah Craig Toasted Barrel Ryder Cup Limited Edition rolls out nationally in August on an allocated basis with a suggested retail price of $99.99 per 750-ml. bottle.
This follows the release of Elijah Craig Barrel Proof B523 bourbon whiskey.