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The first release in 2021's Limited Edition calendar, Elijah Craig Barrel Proof A121 is released at a historically low ABV, 61.8%. ECBP carries a consistent 12yr age statement.
Powerful, pure dessert on the nose. Brown sugar, tobacco, cinnamon bun, pepper and baking spice. Complex, savory, powerful. Lots of dessert notes here.
Caramel, honey, a big sticky pudding character. Vanilla bean, tobacco, old dusty books and toffee. Some oak, but not too much. Not much fruit on this release - it leans singularly into a musty, powerful dessert character. Lots more tobacco in A121 than any previous release. Cake batter. Rich mouth feel, ethanol is really meek despite still being over 60% ABV.
Long finish. Cocoa, honey, toffee, praline and tobacco. Lovely, complex, delicious.
A121 takes a swift detour into a land I didn't know we'd see from ECBP - big fudge, tobacco, toffee, creme brulee and pepper. I love it.
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