ELIJAH CRAIG SMALL BATCH 12 YEAR OLD BARREL PROOF

124.2 PROOF STRAIGHT KENTUCKY BOURBON 


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“The relatively lower ABV on this barrel-proof format of the stalwart Elijah Craig works wonderfully. The highlights include the fantastic nose and pleasing finish.”

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At 124.2 proof, this is lowest proof release of ECBP to date.  It’s also perhaps the best.  The nose is simply fantastic with the sweet bananas fading into simple syrup and caramel, and the finish is perfect for this release.   I wish the banana scents had carried through a touch more to the palate, but it’s still an excellent sip.  The lower proof has done wonders to take this from a bit of an untamable beast to a subtle and viscous sip.

Nose: This is the first Elijah Craig variant, and one of the first Heaven Hill offerings I’ve sampled that shows a note of ripe bananas on the nose.  In fact, it’s incredibly pronounced.  Beneath that is sweet simple syrup with caramel and oak.
Palate: This batch hits the palate with warm cinnamon and gingerbread, but follows up with vanilla, oak, and a strong rye kick.
Finish:As previous batches have proven, the barrel proof versions of Elijah Craig maintain a long, satisfying finish with definite black pepper rye spices and oak tannins from the barrel.  This is no different.