Elijah Craig 12yr Barrel Proof Batch B519 Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Elijah Craig 12yr Barrel Proof Batch B519

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  • Distiller:

    Heaven Hill

  • Bottler:

    Heaven Hill

  • ABV:

    61.6%

  • Age:

    12 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 81
  • Publication: SpiritSurveyor
  • Excerpt: it’s pretty much the quintessential barrel proof bourbon. It’s reasonably priced and for me at least, is easily available.
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  • Raided Score: 96
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: This is one of the best batches of ECBP I can remember having. Every bourbon note you love comes through in a balanced delivery that keeps the senses busy and happy.
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  • Raided Score: 92
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: It's a standout bourbon for a very reasonable price.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: This barrel proof is indeed burly, but lacks the harshness of others. It works well and makes me curious about future releases of this line.
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  • Raided Score: 93
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: Brawny and tannic on the palate, it’s reminiscent of sucking on a cherry Popsicle stick, balancing sweet caramel, brown sugar, and molasses with persistent oak, cedar shingle, clove, and paprika.
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  • Raided Score: 93
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: The finish is long, spicy, and slightly astringent with touches of dried fruits.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: At “barely” 61% alcohol, B519 comes across like a juice box in comparison to most of the Barrel Proof releases. That should not dissuade you, though, from picking up a bottle, as a little magic can often be found in gentler outliers like this.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: Real nice, but the finish leaves me wanting. The nose and palate are a big improvement over past releases though.
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  • Intro:

    Elijah Craig Barrel Proof is a 12 year old, cask strength, release from Heaven Hill in Kentucky. Batches were originally denoted by proof alone, but in recent times, since the bottle re-design, batches now get additional designation to help with tracking releases.

  • Nose:

    Sweet cream, toffee, honey. Nice oak structure on the nose - ethanol is in check.

  • Taste:

    Thick and rich - well behaved on the heat. Sweet toffee, satisfying pepper. Oak structure is just right, though heat grows with time. Nice creme brulee and allspice.

  • Finish:

    Long and growing hotter. Overall it’s very nice, and I feel like this batch is starting to trend back up.

  • Overall:

    Real nice, but the finish leaves me wanting. The nose and palate are a big improvement over past releases though.

  • Score:

    6

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