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Elijah Craig Barrel Proof B519 Review

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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.

– Heaven Hill Distilleries
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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.

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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.


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Steve Coomes

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Steve Coomes is a Louisville restaurant industry veteran turned award-winning food writer. In his 27-year career, he has edited and written for dozens of national trade and consumer publications including Pizza Today, Nation's Restaurant News and Southern Living. As a spirits writer, Steve's byline can be found in Whisky magazine, Bourbon Review, WhiskeyWash.com and other publications. In 2014, he authored the book, "Country Ham: A Southern Tradition of Hogs, Salt & Smoke," and has authored other titles as a private ghostwriter.

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