Review #138 | /r/Bourbon Review #75 – Elijah Craig Barrel Proof (Batch 4)
The Schtick: This is a moderately elusive release from Elijah Craig, which is Heaven Hill distillate bottled at cask strength.
Distiller: Heaven Hill
Bottler: Heaven Hill
ABV: 66.2% ABV
Age: 12 Years
Source: Bottle, Purchased
Nose: Ethanol and cherries. Honey and molasses and a weird Dr. Pepper / Cola note. I’ve always wondered whether people truly got this note in whiskey but bam, here it is. Cherries are huge.
Taste: Thick like Mrs. Butterworth’s goods. Oaky and vanilla heavy, it’s hot but that was expected. Molasses and more cherries, more cola and a big whallop of maple.
Finish: Long, and hot. Lot’s of rich flavor though. Every note from nose to palate is here and it’s just overpowering. In a good way.
Overall: I’d hate to become wordy. We have people for that. It’s excellent, it’s big, bold and pulls no punches. Hot, delicious and rich.
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1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.
2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.
3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.
4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.
5 | Good | Good, just fine.
6 | Very Good | A cut above.
7 | Great | Well above average
8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.
9 | Incredible | An all time favorite
10 | Perfect | Perfect