Review #1435 – Elijah Craig Barrel Proof C919

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. This is Batch C919.

Review #1435 | Bourbon Review #626

Distiller: Heaven Hill

Bottler: Heaven Hill

Brand: Elijah Craig

Selection: N/A

ABV: 68.4% ABV

Age: 12 Years

Nose: Rich oak, toffee, sweet caramel, tobacco and oak. Nice structure, ethanol in check, sweet and brittle-ish

Taste: Thick, rich, loaded with oak, toffee, tobacco and honey. Some orange peel, pepper, coriander and then it’s back to the dessert show. Vanilla bean, werthers caramels and rich musty sweets. I’m in.

Finish: Long, rich and powerful. Oak structure perfectly balances toffee, tobacco, caramel and oak.

Overall: Back on track, I’m hella into this release. Excellent work, Heaven Hill. This is best in class, and tops the majority of recent releases to me. If they can release a few more like this, they’ll be back to parity with Stagg Jr.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 8

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


  1. Whiskey_1

    I’m enjoying your reviews particularly those involving the EC line of which, I’m a big fan since it launched in 2013 with batch #1 (still have several in my bunker).

    Just got a bottle of C919 but haven’t cracked it yet. Recently procured A120 and LOVE it. Went out the next day and got another couple and looking for more to bunker. Might be in top 3 of ECBP releases IMHO.

    I’d like to see you review A120 and your opinion on how it compares to C919.

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