Each batch of Elijah Craig Barrel Proof is an uncut Small Batch of 12-year-old Bourbon bottled straight from the barrel. At full barrel proof, you can taste Elijah Craig much the same way the Master Distillers do when they sample straight from the barrel in Heaven Hill’s Kentucky rickhouses. The variance in proof from batch to batch presents a unique opportunity to explore the impact of the angel’s share and the resulting proof in a small batch of barrels.
The first letter of the batch number indicates which of that year’s releases the bottle was a part of starting with “A”, while the second digit is a number that determines the month of the year the bottle was released. The third and fourth digits indicate the year. Batch No. C918 is the third and final release of 2018, debuting this past September.
Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch No. C918 (131 proof)
Visual: Medium orange-brown.
Nose: Warm corn-forward nose with a sweet and oak laden nose. A touch of toffee and lightly roasted coffee bean.
Taste: Richly sweet bourbon flavor that has a medium body and a touch of chocolate malt, peanut shell, and rye toast.
Finish: Medium-long, tending towards a dry finish.
Overall: Another excellent release in the 12-year-old series. Not breaking any new ground, but continuing the high quality.
GSN Rating: A-
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