GSN Review: Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon Batch B520

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 second release this year, bottled in May of 2020.

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon Batch B520 (127.2 proof)
Visual: Dark copper.
Nose: Dessert-like sweet sugary caramel nose with plenty of oakiness. Some baking spice and raisin notes top things off well.
Taste: In spite of the burn, this is a sugar bomb with a heavy vanilla and brown sugar character. Adding some depth of character to this palette is a patina of orange citrus, hazelnut, cinnamon and spicy rye grain.
Finish: Long and lingering with a fruitcake finish. Really a perfect after dinner bourbon.
Overall: Another stellar effort in the Barrel Proof series. This one is especially tasty.
GSN Rating: A

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