Review #141 | /r/Bourbon Review #78 – Elijah Craig Barrel Proof (Batch 7)
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: 64% ABV
Age: 12 Years
Source: Bottle, Purchased
Nose: I don’t mean to seem redundant but this is the best possible outcome. Nose on this batch is like the first batches – very similar to #5. Delicious, heavy handed on the molasses, vanilla and brown sugar notes with a hint of cherry.
Taste: Still a tiny bit hot, but very much a relief from the hazmat. Delicious and complex. Cherries up front with cola and vanilla riding hard in the back. Molasses, some more dark chocolate like cocoa.
Finish: Long but very mild – even in waves where I tried this one first it still seemed very mild and palatable neat, so it’s not just shining by comparison to the hotter batches. This one has a lot more oak and a bit less cherry and vanilla. Starts to feel a bit more like the usual dark chocolate oaky EC profile. I’m not sure if I love it as much though since I did enjoy that cherry and cola on the finish.
Overall: It’s good. It’s great. What more can I say? A little below the others but still an exceptional bourbon.
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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