Elijah Craig Barrel Proof (Batch B521)


Classification: Straight Bourbon

Company: Elijah Craig Distillery Co. (Heaven Hill)

Distillery: Elijah Craig Distillery Co. (Heaven Hill)

Release Date: May 2021

Proof: 118.2

Age: 12 Years

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

Color: Light Mahogany

MSRP: $65 (2021)

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Barrel char | Graham cracker | Burnt caramel | Light for the proof


Aged oak | Leather | Brown sugar | Medium intensity | Straightforward


Spice intensifies and lasts | Turns dry towards the end | Caramel sweetness develops | Long


Elijah Craig Barrel Proof is one of the most reliable higher aged barrel proof bourbons you can easily find (relatively speaking, of course). Always a solid choice and always a fantastic value, it’s quite hard to go wrong. With that being said, batches do vary, and while some are true standouts, others simply stay the course. Batch B521 is a solid bourbon representative of the brand and offers a nice finish, but just like the movies, not every release is worthy of an Oscar. Batch B521 will appeal to bourbon drinkers seeking a lighter, more straightforward barrel proof pour. It offers a fine drinking experience, but not much more.

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: Nick Beiter

June 18, 2021
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