Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon C919

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon C919

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Distillery: Heaven Hill

Type & Region: Bourbon, Kentucky, USA

Alcohol: 68.4%

Composition: 78%, 10% rye, 12% barley

Aged: 12 years in virgin American white oak

Color: 1.5/2.0 on the color scale (auburn, polished mahogany)

Price: $60-70

From the Heaven Hill website:

“To sip Barrel Proof is to experience Bourbon in its purest form: uncut, straight from the barrel, and without chill filtering. Each bottle is hand labeled with its unique proof and batch number; but the nose, taste, and finish are pure Elijah Craig.”

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TESTS & Aftertaste

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof is intensely sweet with caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, citrus, cherry, spiced apple with cinnamon and nutmeg, and just a little licorice and anise. It’s all viscous, dark, and oaky, but not too burnt. 

Admittedly, it could be super oaky, but it’s so sweet that it may be counter-balancing it, overall making this a big bourbon with huge flavors. Even then, the ABV is extremely well controlled even at a face-melting 68.4% ABV.

With “chewing”, I taste caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, very oily oak, citrus, and baked apples, then some licorice and dark cherries, followed by a surge of rich oak, cinnamon, and clove. This is a brown sugar and vanilla bomb, and has a similar oily and viscous quality to EH Taylor Barrel Proof bourbon

It’s intense and a little hot at times, sometimes testing my ability to wade through all of it, but it’s worth it. But as I drink through this, I can’t shake the sense that the flavors are a delicious yet jumbled mess. BUY ELIJAH CRAIG BARREL PROOF C919 BOURBON AT