Each batch of Elijah Craig Barrel Proof is an uncut Small Batch of 12-year-old Bourbon bottled straight from the barrel. 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. This latest expression is the third release this year, bottled in September of 2020.
Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch C920 (132.8 proof)
Appearance: Golden brown.
Aroma: Sweet maple, chocolate covered cherries, almond nougat, and a light touch of cask char.
Taste: Of course this is intense, until watered down a touch. Doing so, reveals a dark, dessert-like character of fruit preserves served on brown bread. Some spice and definitely oak-forward, this is a chewy and reflective whiskey.
Finish: Long, slow and sweet.
Overall: We love these seasonal releases from Elijah Craig. It really makes for an interesting tasting when you can compare different releases next to one another. This one is perfect for the upcoming winter season.
GSN Rating: A-
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