Classification: Straight Bourbon
Company: Elijah Craig Distillery Co. (Heaven Hill)
Distillery: Elijah Craig Distillery Co. (Heaven Hill)
Release Date: September 2022
Age: 12 Years
Mashbill: 78% Corn, 12% Malted Barley, 10% Rye
MSRP: $60 (2022)
Brown sugar | Oak | Dab of cinnamon powder | Touch of rye spice | Faint baking spice | Classic bourbon scents
Brown sugar | Rye spice | Aged oak | Cinnamon spice | Bold heat
Cinnamon | Rye spice | Dab of aged oak | Touch of leather | Lingering heat
The final Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch of 2022 provides the final Goldilocks piece in this year’s trio of releases.
The last and also the highest proof in the Elijah Craig Barrel Proof 2022 series, Batch C922 tends to find a more middle ground between the earlier releases. The year kicked off with Batch A122 which delivered more of an earthy pour and was followed by Batch B522 which delivered a bit more of a spicy pour. Batch C922 delivers a slightly sweet pour with a nice balance of additional spice and a touch of earthy notes. Its nose opens with a blend of classic bourbon scents, while its palate and finish provide sweeter and spicier notes with a touch of oak and leather to ground it. There’s also of course its pleasant heat that is derived from its 124.8 proof.
Batch C922’s sip isn’t necessarily better than earlier batches but provides another avenue for people who may prefer a sweeter pour versus earthy or spicy ones. While the Elijah Craig Barrel Proof 2022 batches may not have produced any standouts among themselves, they did end up delivering pleasing pours for those who end up trying any (or all) of the batches.