Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch B521 Review



What a beautiful early Fall Sunday in New England! Managed to sneak away from projects for a few moments to spend some time with family today - we picked apples, ate cider doughnuts and drank some sweet apple cider. As a great way to wind down the day as the coolness creeps into the air, it’s time for an @elijahcraig Barrel Proof pour. First time trying it in a @snuteglass. On par with a Glencairn for sure in regard to nosing and tasting experience. I’ll let the review below be testament enough! Snute was kind enough to send the double wall stainless steel Neat glass to me for free. The Elijah I bought because I've been a big fan of previous batches. Let's see how it reviews below!


 

Company on Label: Elijah Craig (Heaven Hill)

Whiskey Type: Bourbon

Mash Bill Percentages: 78% Corn, 10% Rye, 12% Barley

Proof: 118.2°

Age: NAS, but used to be 12 years

Further identification: Batch B521

 

Nose: Peppery caramel. Simple syrup sweet cherry, feels like the start to a great cocktail. Light tinges of pine boughs along the edges of a solid oak forward profile. Still sweet with some fig and strawberry marmalade. Interesting slight rye grain pokes through here. I wonder if this batch is significantly different in base age than previous batches.


Palate: Sweet, but zesty! Orange peel is prevalent on my first sip. Stinging lemon zest and still very sweet forward, but slightly synthetic flavors come out at times. A good swig and swish is very hot on the palate, with only some tannic wood, lemon peel and something like a beer wort. I think this pour is better suited for either rocks or a cocktail for sure! Nutty at times as it mellows out drastically towards the bottom of the pour. Not bad.


 

Rating: 3/5

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