Review #634. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof B517

Review #634 | /r/Bourbon Review #369 – Elijah Craig Barrel Proof 12yr Batch B517

The Schtick: Elijah Craig Barrel Proof is a 12yr product distilled at Heaven Hill and bottled at barrel proof. Recently, they’ve moved from no batch codes to including a letter followed by numerals, so this is the second of the new batch system, B517.

Distiller: Heaven Hill

Bottler: Heaven Hill

ABV: 62.1% ABV

Age: 12 Years

Source: Sample

Nose: Rich toffee, ethanol, oak and honey. Sweet honey notes with a bit of corn presence. Super sweet on the nose.

Taste: Medium mouthfeel, pretty significant heat. Clove honey, nice oaky presence with solid caramel. There’s some cocoa, leather and tobacco with some robust pepper. Overall, it feels hotter than previous batches, but not younger.

Finish: Long, hot. Cherries and vanilla, loads of honey and tobacco, with some faint astringency.

Overall: This is still a great product, but it feels hotter and a little flatter than previous releases. I have A117 to try and review as well, which I will likely do tonight to compare. Overall, I still think that ECBP is a great product, this batch included, but some nuanced decline may be evident.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 6

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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

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