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This is a moderately elusive release from Elijah Craig, which is Heaven Hill distillate bottled at cask strength.
I dont mean to seem redundant but this is the best possible outcome. Nose on this batch is like the first batches - very similar to #5. Delicious, heavy handed on the molasses, vanilla and brown sugar notes with a hint of cherry.
Still a tiny bit hot, but very much a relief from the hazmat. Delicious and complex. Cherries up front with cola and vanilla riding hard in the back. Molasses, some more dark chocolate like cocoa.
Long but very mild - even in waves where I tried this one first it still seemed very mild and palatable neat, so its not just shining by comparison to the hotter batches. This one has a lot more oak and a bit less cherry and vanilla. Starts to feel a bit more like the usual dark chocolate oaky EC profile. Im not sure if I love it as much though since I did enjoy that cherry and cola on the finish.
Its good. Its great. What more can I say? A little below the others but still an exceptional bourbon.