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Elijah Craig Barrel Proof 12 Year Batch A123

  • Distiller:

    Heaven Hill

  • Bottler:

    Heaven Hill

  • ABV:


  • Age:

    12 Years

  • Price:
  • Intro:

    The first of three releases in 2023's limited-edition calendar, Elijah Craig Barrel Proof A123 is released at a healthy 125.6 proof, slightly north of where C922 — the final release of 2022 — fell. ECBP carries a consistent 12-year age statement.

  • Nose:

    Huge cherry cola, root beer, caramel and sweet tea on the nose. I haven't often gotten this bold, black tea note, but it's very complementary to the bold oak and cherry cola notes.

  • Taste:

    Rich and viscous on the palate, tons of oak and char, sweet tea and pralines. The cherry cola returns — this could seriously give the best Stagg Jr.s a run for their money. Despite the proof, it's easy-drinking, viscous and syrupy on the palate without bruising ethanol on the back palate.

  • Finish:

    Long finish, filled with sweet oak, caramel, honey, cola and a touch of pipe tobacco. Hangs on for ages.

  • Overall:

    An unbelievable way to begin 2023, ECBP A123 arrives as a boisterous combination of cola and cherry, tobacco and oak. Year by year, it seems few product lines can remain a steady favorite in the same way as ECBP, and it's refreshing they can still be found on shelves across the U.S. A modern bourbon lover's dream.

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  • By t8ke
  • Disclosure: The producer provided this sample to review free of charge, and without expectation of review or rating.

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