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 B519
- DISTILLER: Heaven Hill
- MASH BILL: 78% corn | 12% rye | 10% malt
- AGE: 12 Years
- YEAR: 2019
- PROOF: 122.2 Proof (61.1% ABV)
- MSRP: $60
NOSE: Caramel and Candy Corn | Vanilla | Cotton Candy | Corn Flakes
TASTE: Honey, Orange, Vanilla | Pleasantly palate coating | A tingle of cinnamon
FINISH: Medium length, warm to slightly hot | A little dry as oak character emerges
SHARE WITH: Any bourbon fan, especially those who like high proof
WORTH THE PRICE: Yes, especially if you’re assembling a vertical
BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: Bottle
OVERALL: This is an all-around solid whiskey that won’t disappoint. But to violate an iron-clad rule of multi-sibling parenting, I’m saying its older brother, A119, this year’s first ECBP release, is better in every respect. A119 is headed for Harvard while B519 is good state school material. To strain the sibling metaphor further, the A119 is the charismatic kid, attractively assertive in every respect (perhaps helped some by its 135 proof), and its boldness presents as complexity rather than a brute punch in the face. Still, Elijah Craig fans will find the B519 completely likeable. Its EC DNA is as pure and recognizable as its sibling’s; it’s just packaged in a softer, gentler version.
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.