The second release in 2021's Limited Edition calendar, Elijah Craig Barrel Proof B521 is released at a historically low ABV, the second this year,at 59.1%. ECBP carries a consistent 12yr age statement.
Maple, brown sugar, big fudge notes and sweet oak for days. Bold, inviting, decadent. Reminds me of a raisin oatmeal cookie - sweet, light fruit character, some nice grain and then a big hit of dessert sweetness.
Thick on the palate, rich with plenty to chew through. A hair less complex than A121, I notice the profile is a bit more compacted in this release. Focusing on fudge, light cherry, big toffee notes and some tobacco, B521 has oodles of flavor, but a bit less complexity.
Long finish. Perhaps the best part, the tannins help balance the dessert character, and that presents a long, complex, smoldering finish.
Fans of Elijah Craig shouldn't take fear or worry from the lower ABV on this bottling. While the palate isn't as diverse and outstanding as A121, it's got no shortage of excellent character. Such a decadent nose is impossible not to reward, and it presents another great barrel proof bottling.
Disclosure: The producer asked us to review this, and sent some along