Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch #8 Review

This is batch 8 in the ECBP series from Heaven Hill which consists of uncut/unfiltered 12 year expressions. This particular batch is bottled at 69.9% ABV.

Nose: Blackberry jam, brown sugar, black cherry, lemongrass, cinnamon, and fresh oak. Fruity and light overall.

Palate: Heat hits hard up front with lemon curd topped with blueberries, vanilla, oak turns a bit heavier with some added funk.

Finish: Heat lingers and remains strong washing out most other notes except for the oak.

Rating: 85/100 – A nice barrel proof bruiser that keeps in line quality-wise with the rest of the ECBP batches.

Value for the money: These typically retail anywhere between $45-$65, and I think they make excellent buys at that valuation.

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch 2 Review

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.