An hour away from Louisville there's a lovely town of Bardstown where almost a century ago two brothers decided to make Whiskey. Right after Prohibition they set up shop and became the largest family-owned distillery in America in just a few decades. Heaven Hill Distillery is still owned by the Shapira family and they have no intentions to stop making the best Bourbon. Two Master Distillers, Denny Potter and Jodie Filiatreau, combine their experience and knowledge for the magic of Whiskey-making and produce critically acclaimed Spirits that amaze every Whiskey lover.
Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon, named Whisky of the year 2017 by Whisky Advocate is an experience of Bourbon in its purest form, uncut and straight from the cask. Aged for long 12 years in new charred oak barrels, every Whisky is in danger of being dominated by the oak flavor. But a sip of Elijah Craig brings forth phenomenal flavors and glamorous aromas. It's Bourbon at its apex and it will definitely offer you a big warm Kentucky Hug. Get two bottles: one to share with your seasoned friends, and one for yourself alone. Let your first sip be straight and taste the magic, then add a few drops of water and fine-tune the flavor.
One of my all time favorites. Each batch comes out at a different barrel strength. A great value for an awesome bourbon. If you like barrel strength it’s one of the best that is somewhat readily available.
It burns just right the caramel, the vanilla, the finish. Ahhhh...
Solid flavor for a high proof. Would put it just a hair above Bookers.
Very even mix of vanilla, caramel and oak with just hints of citrus and cinnamon. Just as advertised on the spiral.
Another great day! Smooth. Just the right amount of burn. Nice vanilla too
Can spend a little time with this one! Great nose & delicious. Great price too!
Great flavor, great price.
My batch is B519. Absolutely incredible.
Color: dark amber, almost wood brown from the side of the bottle. The color foretells what they aromas and flavors will be!
Aroma: dark caramel, honey, barrel, pretty hot yet oily, almost humid.
Flavor: boom! Heat bursts out from under a thick and oily, DARK caramel and barrel, with a slight “ping” that some have called “mint”, but I’d contribute that to the barrel spice.
Finish: loooong and warming. I tend to sip my whiskey quickly, but this demands time and attention. It’s a fun whiskey!
I can’t say enough positive about this. Dark, thick, huge flavors. Enjoy!
The most delicious juice ever made!!!
Which edition did you get? A119? B519? C919?
Like others, I am impressed with how smooth it is for the 67.7ABV. If you like complex flavors this is it. Starts with warm caramel and vanilla. Continues to heat up as it works its way back on your tongue with charred oak and a hint of citrus. Great warm, spicey rye finish. Flavors linger for a long time. Just got a bottle of Noah's Mill 57.75 ABV, looking forward to a side by side with the 2 high ABV's.
For it being 122 proof, extremely easy to drink. This one will catch you off-guard if you are not careful.
I can see why this won Whisky Advocate’s whisky of the year back in 2017. Very complex flavor that seems to tickle different taste buds every time I drink it. The bottle I have is over 67% ABV, so it’s quite a beast. Surprisingly easy to drink for this high of an ABV.
Smooth and delicious! A pleasure to the palate!
This is a powerful, flavor packed dram. Baked brown sugar, caramel and cinnamon on the nose. Nice oily feel in the mouth. Lots of heat and chest warming. The high ABV fuels a lot of traditional bourbon flavors. Nicely done.
Probably the best cast/barrel proof I have even tasted. Traditional flavors with dates, plums, and a nice long finish.
Nice and smooth great flavor
Holy Barrel Proof! What a quality bourbon this is! For starters, it is absolutely spicy on the nose but not so much it masks the vanilla and caramel. I also got traces of cherry too. The high proof spice lingers on the palette but notes of oak and toasted marshmallow follow with grace. After a dram of this neat, I added 6.25mL of water to my next 1.5oz pour and let sit for a few minutes.This is where it became even more interesting...
Naturally, the spiciness cooled down but cinnamon and other fruits became abundant on the palette while more oak and brown sugar sweetness lingered on a medium long finish. Hands down one of my favorite Barrel Proof bourbons at the moment. Do yourself a favor and pick up a bottle, or two!
strong,but smooth taste,great mouthfeel and med. to long finish! paid $65,not bad for a much in demand sip.
solid, reliably good BP whiskey, but not sure why flaviar is asking 100$ over typical store prices.
Sweet start. Strong finish. The bite at the end of every drink is worth the $60 the bottle costs. Barrel proof is the way to go.
Loved the strong taste and lasting impact of the bourbon. Great for sipping and enjoyed it being in your face the entire time.
great go to whiskey at a more than reasonable price
Amazing taste. LOL at the $147 price on here. I’ve never paid more than $75 for a bottle and as low as $60. The prices on here are a joke sometimes.
Elijah Craig has long been a favorite and the barrel proof is the winner overall in the line. It does however not stand up to other barrel proofs that have more flavor for less cost. It is still smooth and delicious, just not a favorite at the price point.
One of my favorites, both on the nose and the flavor. The prices on here are a joke though. I've never paid more than $65, and Flaviar wants more than double that.
Lol @ the $210 price. It’s delicious, but it’s an $80 tops.
When you need that little kick. Strong grains and sweet introduction. Subtle end.
Very enjoyable but there are better out there for a much better price in my opinion. Glad I got to try it but I see this the same as Johnny Walker Blue, it will not be a bottle I have to have again.
Having had different batches, I can say without a doubt that the previous ones were truer to the flavor wheel and description. They were exceptional and leaving me wanting nothing else. The newer batch has more "heat" and much less of the caramel/vanilla/butterscotch overtones. Candidly, it lacks the character I appreciated of the other. Still good, but...
Too much heat for my preferences.
Delicious, I tried original Elijah Craig some time ago and was leery about trying the barrel strength because I did not find it very pleasing but I have now found another favorite. It has lots of character from the wonderfully smooth sweet spicy start to the peppery hot finish. Keeps me wanting more.
Try and you'll be hooked
Too strong to enjoy any flavor or other characteristics of the drink.
Excellent. Good burn but nice and mellow.
Another bench mark. Medium flavor toasted oak spice and caramel
Had the famed second batch from 2017. A powerful drink with a mega spice bomb. Many flavors to find in the nose. You almost need to warm up to this proof with a weaker bourbon to start.
Very good flavor. Smooth and nice finish.
A beautifully smooth sweet almost syrupy feel. I enjoy this fine spirit when celebrating life.
Great bourbon, has a little robost in it from the barrel, but all around excellent for the cabinet!!
Amazing. This, along with Russell's Reserve Single Barrel, are probably the closest I have found to rival the complexity and sheer strength of George T. Stagg. And this one edges out Russell's due to the higher proof. I love the oaky, leathery, and brilliantly-spicy palate.
Over an ice block this is very pretty. Tried neat and it was way too hot for my taste.
Had it in a old fashioned and it was awesome
My daily dram. perfect for straight
Very tasty, wonderful aroma.
Love it. Very smooth.
I have a couple of bottles of the B517 bottling and I have tried a couple other bottlings. They are all excellent and if you like the regular small batch and barrel proof bourbons this is a nice step up.
Classic Bourbon with a lot of heat. To me, the heat was overpowering with certain meals and wouldn’t be able to enjoy as much as something else.
One of the best barrel proofs out there. Try it neat first, you won't regret it!
Almost the perfect drink. Has that great vanilla, caramel note at the start. I really like the buttery, almost fruity finish with some heat on the finish. If you add a little water it calms the heat and gives it very smooth finish.
I see another wrote, "Excellent, but not for the faint of heart." That's absolutely true. At the same time, adding an ice cube/a bit of water it opens up to an amazingly smooth & drinkable bourbon. Nice sweet finish.
Without ice it is fire down your throat. Add a little ice and a little water and the flavor opens up. Once diluted it tends to come off pretty sweet and easy to approach.