Sunday, 3 December 2017

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Review

Hi everyone,

So this next one is something I’ve been wanting to try for a while. I’m a big fan of cask strength whisky, and I was seriously surprised by the mega high strength GTS I tried.
I think I’m starting to learn that I’m a fan of this style of Bourbon. Older, darker flavours bringing a bit more complexity and power to the whiskey.
 
Elijah Craig Barrel Proof 68%
Colour: Dark-af
Body: Full
Nose: Oof, deep and dark, caramel, cold black coffee, espresso, herbal undertone, no sharpness or abv (which is pretty crazy), some nut, very dry raisin or grape, dried cherry dark chocolate.
Water: Lighter and more ethereal, also drier, cocoa powder and toffee.
Taste: Intense, great caramel, soft cherry, intense spice, black pepper, spicy oak, herbal background.
Water: Great, more balanced arrival, still spicy but more caramel and toffee.
Finish: Long length. Makes you think it's going to be short but really lingers with some chocolate and tingling spices.
Heaven Hill, 12 years old. Fantastic Bourbon! I really enjoyed this and, although the price is a little high here in the UK, I might have to buy one at some point.
80/100

Thanks for reading!

American Review #40
Whisky Network Review #597

American Average: 70.8
Network Average: 74.6
Best Score: 92
Worst Score: 22
0-49 Terrible
50-59 Bad
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
70-74 Good
75-79 Very Good
80-84 Excellent
85-89 Superb
90+ Magnificent

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