This is the second batch of Elijah Craig Barrel Proof (ECBP) released by Heaven Hill. This particular batch was bottled at 68.5% ABV.
Nose: Heavy, musty oak up front – brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, and a little cinnamon.
Palate: Oaky up front turning mostly sweet with brown sugar, maple, and creme brulee.
Finish: Short and mostly dry with oak. The sweeter elements fade very rapidly.
Rating: 89/100 – Reminds me a bit of George T. Stagg to a degree with less leather. I’ve noticed this bottle in particular improved a lot after being open a couple months.
Value for the money: These usually retail around $55 and are somewhat rare. I think it’s a fantastic buy at that price.