50/50 Eclipse variations

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  1. timc100

    timc100 Disciple (378) Aug 13, 2012 Illinois
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    At $30 a pop I was only able to purchase one - Elijah Craig 12yr. I loved it. I'm wondering how much of a difference each whiskey barrel yields - does the Evan Williams taste different enough to be considered a entirely different beer?
  2. Levitation

    Levitation Initiate (0) Aug 7, 2009 California

    barrels? hell son, i've been told different bottles of the same barrel are like a different beer. it's a complete surprise, like unwrapping a present on xmas mornin-.... oh wait
  3. Lare453

    Lare453 Meyvn (1,339) Feb 1, 2012 Florida
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    I'm not a huge whiskey drinker so I may not be able to tell the difference between them. My palate just isn't trained to those variations. Similar to a person new to ipas. I'm sure a lot of them taste the same to most.
  4. Huhzubendah

    Huhzubendah Poo-Bah (4,848) Oct 29, 2007 District of Columbia
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    While the variations do have obvious similarities, there are definitely noticeable differences in the barrel characters. Both the Elijah Craig 12 and 18 are standouts among the Eclipse series to me. If you could only get one, you chose one of the best.
  5. luisc123

    luisc123 Initiate (173) Oct 20, 2011 California

    I got both the EC and EW versions and I'm curious about this myself. I don't know whether to let them both sit for a while or just drink them now.
  6. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,538) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    I have an 18 EC barrel, and a Cognac barrel Stout. I'm sitting on them until I feel like drinking them.
  7. BlastBeats

    BlastBeats Aspirant (218) Mar 24, 2011 Illinois
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    I really enjoyed the Elijah Craig 12 year I had; good call on that one... the Grand Cru? Not so much.

    I picked up a Rittenhouse Rye and Evan Williams from this year's vintage - have high hopes!

  8. Hophead717

    Hophead717 Zealot (572) Oct 21, 2011 Massachusetts
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    I'd drink them sooner. I had two bottles of the EC18 from last year. The one I drank fresh was outstanding. The one I had last week was above average, but nothing to rave about.

    The thorny issue is that this could as easily be bottle variations as opposed to aging effects, so take it for what its worth.
  9. IKR

    IKR Defender (613) May 25, 2010 California
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    The 2012 Elijah Craig and Evan Williams had the same roast malt profiles and base beer characteristics but the barrel treatment resulted in different bal-aging profiles, at least to my tastes. I had the 2011 Elijah Craig on tap recently and I thought it was consistent with the 2012 bottle I had. I hope this bodes well to the bottle variations Levitation has posted about here and in the past. I'm going to sit on the rest of my bottles for roughly a year, so we'll see what happens regarding the aging and bottle variation.
  10. HopsintheSack

    HopsintheSack Devotee (452) Apr 17, 2012 California
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    The 18yr was a great beer, although not worth the price IMHO.
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  11. largadeer

    largadeer Poo-Bah (3,525) Sep 24, 2006 California
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    Drink them now. Most versions of Eclipse are at their best when fresh.
  12. RBassSFHOPit2ME

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Meyvn (1,126) Mar 1, 2009 California

    None of the variations are worth the price tag IMHO. Very good beers though, especially the EC examples. Had the 2011 EC 20 year last night and again, a good representation of the style, but nothing less and nothing more. I'd gladly take Parabola over them at about 1/2 the price.
  13. NickMunford

    NickMunford Savant (978) Oct 2, 2006 Wyoming

    I have one of these also. Planning on cracking it on New Years.
  14. afrokaze

    afrokaze Zealot (586) Jun 12, 2009 Arizona
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    From what I've tried of this year's:
    Rye - a bit leaner and less sweet, more booze than barrel but still nice.
    EC 12 - Sweeter, fuller body, nice vanilla/marshmallow from the barrel, good balance of bourbon.
    Gourmet Haus Staudt blend - Thick, a little sweet, good mix of bourbon and corn whiskey, nice vanilla/barrel finish. My fav of this year thus far.

    Got futures of the Rye and Old Fitz that I'm looking forward to trying, plus 1 bottle of the GHS blend that I'm gonna hold onto. Should prob open my 2011 EC18 sometime soon too.
  15. BearsOnAcid

    BearsOnAcid Savant (970) Mar 17, 2009 Washington
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    You mean one might taste awesome and the other is more awesome? Who do I send my $30 bills to for this?
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  16. ales4baldo

    ales4baldo Initiate (0) Jul 8, 2011 California

    Drank a '11 Elijah Craig 12yr about a couple months ago and it was pretty amazing. So letting them sit for a bit probably isnt too bad.

    Havent had the '12 EC 12 yr yet but it gets tough buying these things when theyre $30 a pop. Also makes it tough when you walk into a store to pick up an Eclipse and see Cascades sitting on the shelves.
  17. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,602) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Seriously people? Drink them fresh.
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