Review #144 | /r/Bourbon Review #81 – Elijah Craig Barrel Proof (Batch 10)
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: 69.4% ABV
Source: Bottle, Purchased
Nose: Oaky and sweet, fudgy and loaded with icing.
Taste: Proof is starting to crank back up and this one is hot. It’s not too hot and doesn’t begin to approach the heat of the Haz but it is noticeable. The oak here is very pronounced and I’m getting quite a bit less cherry.
Finish: Long and much less rough than the palate. The proof settles down and the vanilla really shines here. I was worried this was going to be too oaky but my fears have rested.
Overall: Not my favorite of the batches but honestly, there hasn’t been a bad one yet. Anyone offering me a dram of this would not be dismissed.
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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