Elijah Craig Barrel Proof (Batch A122)


Classification: Straight Bourbon

Company: Elijah Craig Distillery Co. (Heaven Hill)

Distillery: Elijah Craig Distillery Co. (Heaven Hill)

Release Date: January 2022

Proof: 120.8

Age: 12 Years

Mashbill: 78% Corn, 12% Malted Barley, 10% Rye

Color: Bright Bronze

MSRP: $60 (2022)

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Caramel | Lightly toasted marshmallow | Light honey | Vanilla dipped oak | Light barrel char | Classic bourbon scents


Slight tannic oak | Leather | Charred caramel | Bold rye spice | Hints of cinnamon | Toasted earthy flavors display its age


Bold rye spice | Light cinnamon apple crisps | Heavy charred oak | Black peppercorn | Dry leather | Dry spicy notes linger


The first batch of Elijah Craig Barrel Proof in 2022, A122 picks up where last year's Batch C921 left off with a lower proofpoint coming in at 120.8. For some this proofpoint is already touching their upper limits of enjoyability, however when it comes to Elijah Craigh Barrel Proof, the brand has built a reputation around being a high aged and high proof bourbon. Batch A122 affords a sip that will please many but wow few. Its solid foundation rooted in bourbon fundamentals is found in its nose and finish, both displaying classic scents and flavors. Its midpoint displays more earthy flavors that you wish had a bit more development behind them. Overall, it’s on the less exciting side for a batch of Elijah Craig Barrel Proof, but knowing the potential for the brand I remain optimistic for what the other two batches this year will deliver.

The sample used for this review was provided to us at no cost courtesy its respective company. We thank them for allowing us to review it with no strings attached.
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Written By: Jordan Moskal

February 8, 2022
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