Review #1420 – Elijah Craig Barrel Proof B519

The Schtick: Elijah Craig Barrel Proof is a 12 year old, cask strength, release from Heaven Hill in Kentucky. Batches were originally denoted by proof alone, but in recent times, since the bottle re-design, batches now get additional designation to help with tracking releases.

Review #1420 | Bourbon Review #621

Distiller: Heaven Hill

Bottler: Heaven Hill

Brand: Elijah Craig

Selection: N/A

ABV: 61.6% ABV

Age: 12 Years

Nose: Sweet cream, toffee, honey. Nice oak structure on the nose – ethanol is in check.

Taste: Thick and rich – well behaved on the heat. Sweet toffee, satisfying pepper. Oak structure is just right, though heat grows with time. Nice creme brulee and allspice.

Finish: Long and growing hotter. Overall it’s very nice, and I feel like this batch is starting to trend back up.

Overall: Real nice, but the finish leaves me wanting. The nose and palate are a big improvement over past releases though.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 6

10 Most Recent Heaven Hill Expressions I Have Reviewed:



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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