Review #138. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch 4 re-review

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.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 7


Decoded:

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


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