With Barrel Proof, you can enjoy Elijah Craig much the same way our Master Distillers do when they sample straight from the barrel in our Kentucky rickhouses.
Elijah Craig Barrel Proof A119 Review
- DISTILLER: Heaven Hill
- MASH BILL: 78% Corn | 12% Rye | 10% Malt
- AGE: 12 years
- YEAR: 2019
- PROOF: 135.2 (67.6% ABV)
- MSRP: $60
NOSE: Warmed Chocolate | Banana Bread | Orange Hard Candy | New Ball Glove Leather
TASTE: Cocoa balanced perfectly with old oak | Soothing warmth | Juicy Fruit gum
FINISH: Lengthy, warming and honeyed
SHARE WITH: Bourbon fans who love a potent sip, and newcomers needing to experience one
WORTH THE PRICE: All day long. You’ll want two. At least.
BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: Bottle
OVERALL: At a dinner to meet Heaven Hill’s new master distiller, Colin O’Driscoll, my Bourbon & Banter colleague Matt Evans took one sniff and pronounced it a “chocolate bomb.” That was dead on. A friend at the same dinner asked, “Did you add water?” I answered, “Why? It’s soft at 135 proof!” Whiskey nerd that he is, I knew he meant “Did you act professionally and discover anything important by adding water like rational people do?” So I did, and it turned into honey: extraordinarily delicious, but I missed the oomph of the barrel strength. So, I advise no water be added.
Disclaimer: Heaven Hill provided Bourbon & Banter with a sample of their product for this review. We appreciate their willingness to allow us to review their products with no strings attached. Thank you.