Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch #9 Review

This is batch #9 in the ECBP series. It’s aged for 12 years and bottled at 67.8% ABV.

Nose: Almonds and rich yeast – almost Beam levels of yeastiness. Cherry compote, french vanilla, and notes of corn chowder.

Palate: Very sweet with loads of caramel and brown sugar with some almond tart and roasted peanuts.

Finish: Very dry and very short with oak and dry roasting herbs.

Rating: 88/100 – Drinks way easier than expected given the high proof – great nose, but lackluster finish holds it back a bit.

Value for the money: ECBP typically retails around $45-60 depending on market, and they usually make a great buy for that money. I wouldn’t pay any kind of secondary prices on this older batch though, as they’re consistent enough, I’d be happy to just buy whatever latest batch you can find available.

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.