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

For more information go to: Elijah Craig

GSN Review: Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch A120

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 first release bottled in January of 2020.

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch A120 (136.6 proof)
Visual: Dark amber.
Nose: Sweet brown sugar, medium oak char and roasted nuts with some slight tinges of orange peel and tobacco.
Taste: Lots of oak and some baking spice. There is a lot of intense heat and compactness to the whiskey that really begs for a goodly splash of water. Things brings more of a smooth sweetness to the affair and the tannic qualities are more supportive.
Finish: Lasting impressions of oak cask and perhaps even bittersweet cacao. A peppery fadeout.
Overall: As with all Elijah Craig barrel proof expressions, this one is another winner. If anything, this one has more of the barrel in it than the 2019 releases.
GSN Rating: A-

For more information go to: Elijah Craig

GSN Presents: Our Most Popular Articles of the Decade

Good Spirits News been writing reviews of spirits, cocktails and mixology for over ten years. On the last day of the decade, we thought it would be a fine time to share the 25 most popular articles we’ve written.

Cheers! See you in 2020!

  1. Colina Colada
  2. Nikka Miyagikyo Yoichi Single Malt Whiskies
  3. Olmeca Altos Tequila
  4. McKenzie Bottled in Bond Bourbon
  5. Chicken Cock Double Barrel 10-Year Old Whiskey
  6. Mr. Boston Black Cat Cocktail
  7. Michael Godard Vodka and Gin
  8. Drumshambo Gunpowder Irish Gin
  9. Bacardi Anejo Cuatro, Reserva Ocho and Gran Reserva Diez Rum
  10. Hochstadters Slow Low Rock and Rye Whiskey
  11. Mi Campo Tequila
  12. Woody’s Northwoods Bourbon Cream
  13. Basics of Mixology: Modifiers
  14. Koskenkorva Vodka
  15. Bumbu XO Rum
  16. Tequila and Mezcal Jarritos Glasses
  17. Black Tears Spiced Rum
  18. Tabu Absinthe
  19. Capel Pisco
  20. Cointreau versus Hiram Walker Orange Curacao
  21. Collaboration Bourbon
  22. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon
  23. 2018’s Best of the Best
  24. Shaker Spoon Cocktail Club
  25. Deep Eddy Peach Vodka