Elijah Craig 12yr Barrel Proof Batch A117 Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Elijah Craig 12yr Barrel Proof Batch A117

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  • Distiller:

    Heaven Hill

  • Bottler:

    Heaven Hill

  • ABV:

    63.5%

  • Age:

    12 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: I was pleasantly surprised by how smooth this whiskey was. It definitely had some cognitive consequences after the first glass, which I realized after trying to read my notes the next day.
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  • Raided Score: 94
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: Somehow, a drop of water makes it even more complex, amplifying the butterscotch and presenting cinnamon-soaked roasted pecans and almonds. Pure bliss; a must-sip.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: Altogether it’s a straightforward bourbon, but well-aged, balanced, and engaging through and through.
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  • Raided Score: 89
  • Publication: Whiskey Consensus
  • Excerpt: If they ever change anything about it as far as age statement or NCF, I will be upset. Heaven Hill, if you are reading this, please never change!
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  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: This is nice but not up to snuff with other releases I've had.
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  • Intro:

    Elijah Craig Barrel Proof is a 12yr product distilled at Heaven Hill and bottled at barrel proof. Recently, theyve moved from no batch codes to including a letter followed by numerals, so this is the second of the new batch system, A117.

  • Nose:

    Oak, caramel, vanilla, pixie sticks, cherry, cocoa. Really rich, lots of toffee with faint pepper undertones.

  • Taste:

    Medium to thick, hot, but rich with flavor. Peppery oak, earthy cocoa, caramel, tobacco, vanilla and some cherry.

  • Finish:

    Long, but more peppery than Id like and pretty astringent. Cocoa, some toffee and lots of musty tobacco

  • Overall:

    This is nice but not up to snuff with other releases I've had.

  • Score:

    5

  • By t8ke
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