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.
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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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.
Sweet cream, toffee, honey. Nice oak structure on the nose - ethanol is in check.
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.
Long and growing hotter. Overall it’s very nice, and I feel like this batch is starting to trend back up.
Real nice, but the finish leaves me wanting. The nose and palate are a big improvement over past releases though.
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