Elijah Craig Barrel Proof is a bold and honest expression of what charred oak barrel aging can do for Bourbon, from the man who originated the process.Heaven HillClick to explore our complete library of reviews to help you choose your next perfect bottle.
Elijah Craig Small Batch Barrel Proof
- DISTILLER: Heaven Hill
- BATCH#: B517 (May 2017)
- MASH BILL: Heaven Hill’s traditional bourbon mash bill – 75% Corn | 13% Rye | 12% Malted Barley
- AGE: 12 Years
- YEAR: 2017
- PROOF: 124.2 (62.1% ABV)
- MSRP: $55.00
TASTE: Oak | Mint | Herbal | Rye
FINISH: Long with a big warm Kentucky Hug that flows down into your chest. Not a burn, but you know it’s there. But thin with more cinnamon. It’s a bit thin on the mouthfeel but not in a negative way. This isn’t an overly sweet bourbon, but it’s also not too oaky. IMO, it’s just right.
SHARE WITH: Serious bourbon drinkers and fans of Barrel Proof limited or allocated releases. Not for first timers.
WORTH THE PRICE: Yes. Retail ranges from $55.00 to $69.99 and it’s worth it, especially considering that every release is a bit different.
BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: Buy a bottle for your home bar if you can find it.
OVERALL: I was thrilled to find a bottle at my local grocery store in their specialty liquor/wine shop. I didn’t think I’d ever find a limited release at a grocery store! This isn’t my favorite Barrel Proof bourbon, but it’s a damn good one. Especially for $70 considering what some of these newer brands are asking for their juice that is either sourced or just plain terrible. I won’t be killing this in one night, it will be enjoyed with good friends and people who can appreciate what it is and it’s complex flavors.
COLOR: Deep Amber
NOSE: Caramel with toasted oak, fruit notes of apple and orange
TASTE: Rich vanilla, caramel, and butterscotch along with spices of black pepper & cinnamon at the back of the palate
FINISH: Nicely layered showcasing all flavors, fades slowly then lingers as it cools
Barrel Proof Batches
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.
Elijah Craig Small Batch Barrel Proof Background Info
Heaven Hill has been releasing their Elijah Craig bourbon as a 12-Year-Old Barrel Proof since the Fall of 2013 at a rate of about three a year. This is the 14th overall release of the Elijah Craig Barrel Proof offering and their second release of 2017. In the past I’ve run hot and cold with these releases, some of them I’ve enjoyed and some of them I didn’t care much for. One of my favorite things about this bourbon is that it is still attainable, especially for a limited release product. I’ve paid retail for every bottle and never had to resort to the secondary market to find it. I’ve found bottles on shelves in liquor stores and even grocery stores. This is the first time I was able to find this in their new(er) bottle though.