Review #143. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch 9

Review #143 | /r/Bourbon Review #80 – Elijah Craig Barrel Proof (Batch 9)

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: 62.8% ABV

Age: 12 Years

Source: Bottle, Purchased

Nose: Backing off the proof again a tiny bit. Lots of oak. Lots of vanilla. Lots of maple and some cocoa.

Taste: This one is hot – reminds me more of the batch 4 than anything but not punishing. Cocoa heavy with a good balance of vanilla and molasses. Cherry is faint and way in the back here. Sad.

Finish: Long and complex but still not punishing. This one reminds me of a good maple syrup: dark and sweet in one big rush. I think this batch has the least cherry of the ones I’ve tasted, which I was really starting to like. The molasses and vanilla and cherry all played very well together. I do however love how strong the molasses and maple are here, so I’m not too disappointed.

Overall: Some more noticeable change here but nothing negative. Full on delicious.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 7


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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