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.
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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