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.
Picked up the B520 for $54 at my local liquor store. Right off the rip the color is exceptional, a beautiful deep leathery brown. This is misleading though as the first sip greats you with a warm vanilla, toasted oak, and a mild spice. The finish is warm and has a hint of orange. I wouldn't hesitate to purchase this for under $75.
I am not an EJ Small Batch fan, but I love this. The SB is sweet, herbal, and easy but ultimately thin and lacking in complexity. The various ways in which a whiskey changes at cask strength is always interesting. In the case of EJ, I find the spice/herbal undertones strengthen as the heat builds. The caramel sweetness becomes syrupy. It adds depth and complexity. Even just sipping a single dram neat is a nice experience worthy of closed eyes and a little music while it washes over you.
I have batch C and my neighbor has batch B. We both thought that batch C had more flavor with a shorter finish at a higher proof than B. Great Bourbon.
Sweet smell, hint of vanilla and a bit harsh going down, not my favorite of bourbons would definatley not purchase until I have refined my tasting
Very smooth for the proof that it is
B520. Absolutely delicious. I can find this for 58-70 locally. Wouldn’t pay more than that, but absolutely an incredible value at the price. Despite the high proof, its exceptionally drinkable and gets better and better as it airs out.
Everything I want in a bourbon.
My personal favorite bourbon. Everything the small batch has but cranked way up and more spice. Fantastic bourbon.
The most flavor in a bourbon I have ever tasted. This change my single minded bourbon approach.
It’s Great! Flavor is bold with a scent of orange
Never had this before now. Loved it but definitly needed a more than a splash of H2O with ice . High proof goodness.
Sweet marshmallow on the nose. Spice, brown sugar and dark fruit palate. Long vanilla finish. Definitely a go to bourbon for me.
Strong but nothing extraordinary.
My bottle was 127+ proof and was as flavorful and smooth as any 80 proof bourbon. One leads to more but caution is warranted.
I wanted to love this. I at first found the very same issues as the small batch, alchohol and oak overpowered any other flavors. So, wanting to love a bourbon on countless top lists, I let the bottle breathe, cork off. This is essential imo, like 2 hours.... then you get caramel, balanced oak, and brown sugar. Even still it is barely above average for bourbon. Compared to Evan Williams Bottled in Bond ($18) it is not worth $70
Each release is different and some better than others but you can't go wrong with it. Plus my name is on the bottle. Craig approves.
Truly an uncut bourbon with a great price tag. Have a back up once I’m done with this bottle!!
Got B520 for 66 and is great. $96 is getting pretty high to buy. Wish they would tell you which batch you'll get.
Was able to snag 3 B520 at 66.99 price. No deal at 96.99.
Tough for me to get past the high proof and taste all of the flavors. Noah's mill is more up my alley for 110+ proof bourbon
Ordered for $75 before price jumped to $175. Received a bottle of C920 within 5 business days. Great experience. I haven't tasted it yet but I'm going to assume its fantastic based on reviews.
Taking off 1 star b/c it doesn't specify which batch you are purchasing in the description. I would be hesitant to purchase another bottle once the A121 batch is released next year because I wouldn't want to accidentally purchase another bottle of this same batch. The individual batches need to be broken out like you you have done with Larceny BP.
I agree 100% they need to break it down by batch. Also jumped on the chance to grab one for $75, over retail but tough to find! Hoping I snag the C920 as well. Cheers!
Was getting it here for $66, now they want $96.
$175 dollars for 65 dollar bourbon... holy smokes
I find it explodes with delicious and interesting flavors but have to be careful on that high proof. Bourbon on "steroids" shall we say?
definitely my go to for barrel proof!!
Extremely impressed with this.
B520. Really enjoyed this and will share with friends and family on occasion. Has a serious kick and may need a cube or a few drops of water. Vanilla, oak, and as someone else said French toast with syrup.
The fruit flavors are the most robust I’ve had out of any bourbon I’ve ever had. The high ABV, I’ve learned isn’t exactly my favorite. Adding a little water helped it become more enjoyable/drinkable for me. Some sweet flavors underneath the fruit too.
Huge punch of flavor up front and nice burn going down. It's a great value and would be hard to find anything better for less.
For your money this packs a punch. Delicious dark fruit and a hint of nuttiness.
Love this. I have the B520. Caramel, vanilla and spice on the nose. French toast with syrup on the taste with a lingering cinnamon finish.
What a journey!. Got impressed with the smell at first opened the bottle, strong caramel aroma that really leads you to think this is going to be an easy one. First sip and suddenly all this burning in your mouth could not taste any other flavor until I finally managed to swallow it, and then a new experience with notes of caramel and vanilla. Completely worth it once the burning was over. Came back for more later.
#C919 68.4% - Proof is absolutely present but not a hot bomb. Dark caramel. Spiced nuts. Chocolate follows the long Kentucky finish. Adding water opens some vanilla in the nose and a lingering licorice finish.
Little warm but great. Nose is butterscotch and oak palate vanilla and caramel light oak with tones of butterscotch and nuts
Would love to rate the ECBP but they sent me the Rye instead. Instead of exchanging it they gave me a credit which was nowhere near the difference in prices between the products
If they truly messed up that badly, they need to make it 100% right and then some. Keep pushing until they do.
Great smoothness and complexity at the same time. Be careful she is hot
Too strong for me but may be more to the taste of others.
I currently have B520, and this batch is incredibly good. One of the best Bourbon at the price point.
Really like how smooth it is for how strong it is
Sweet, spicy, oak. Long finish. Absolutely love this.
$120??? You gotta be kidding me. This is coming off my wish list.
Much better - $67 good value for cask strength quality bourbon
This and Larceny BP should be in every bourbon collection. I need to blind them against each other. Fantastic nose and palette. Classic bourbon for the masses.
Best value bourbon on the planet.
This is one of my favorite bourbons ever. Full of great flavor with a kick in the pants.
Which batch did you get?
Vanilla, fruit, drinks like a lower proof until the finish
For the money, this is an excellent bourbon. I love Stag Jr but can't often locate it in Florida. This Elijah Craig Barrel Proof is my next go to as I can usually locate it. If you don't like high test your best to drop down to the 94 proof but then you will miss all the flavors and nuances that you can only get with this BP
I purchased the C919 bottle (136.8 proof). I did several taste tests to account for changes in mood and palate and switched up the glass from the glencairn to a 4oz low ball whiskey glass. I tasted without ice and with, I found it better with a small cube (rather than “on the rocks”, as I found the flavors more enjoyable). On the nose I detected a nice sweetness of maple, caramel and vanilla. On the palate, I definitely got vanilla, maple syrup, burnt caramel. I allowed the whiskey to roll around and it reminded me of the fall and sitting by the fire on a chilly night. A few more sips got me thinking pecan buns. Maybe my palate isn’t there yet. I did not get the Apple (yet). There was some spiciness detected, but not rye. It was like a black pepper spiciness. Enjoyable and not overbearing. Rounded off the sweetness quite well. For a spirit so close to 70% abv, I did NOT find it difficult to drink. Quite the contrary. Neat left a slight numbness in my throat for my first tasting (full pour) with the glencairn. For my second I found that too much ice ruined the flavor for me. I sensed more pepper. With a SMALL ice cube, it really opened up the flavors for me. Overall, I enjoyed it, but it would not be my “go to” whiskey. It’s more of a once in a while type thing. Like shooting the .44 magnum revolver or .50 cal pistol. Happy it is in my collection, but probably would not buy again.
Very good taste, a tad on the spicy side given the proof
My all time favorite bourbon. Sweet, lots of burn, and a spice that lingers on the palate. Perfect all around!
This is the way I like my bourbon sweet and strong.
If you're looking for something with a punch, this is it. Despite it's power, the flavors are incredible, especially at this price point. Lot's of heat from start to finish. Just a touch of oak and toffee on the palette and more of the same on the Finish. Not for the faint of heart.
Creamy and sweet!
A little harsher than the Small Batch version but still pretty good, not as much of a vanilla finish.
Brown sugar, vanilla, perfect amount of oak, Brown butter, nutty. Maybe a little dark fruit.
Easily one of the best bottles I’ve ever purchased. WOW.
Textbook Classic burbon with extra kick. Buy again
My favorite bourbon. I have tried a couple different batches and they are all good. Lots of vanilla, toffee and caramel flavors. It's fantastic. Worth every penny at $70
On the nose, probably one of the best smelling burbons on the market, rich caramels, brown sugar, maple syrup,
but it is HOT on the pallet, for me I def need a cube or a few drops of water to enjoy, but to get a 12yr old burbon for under $70...still a great value
Fantastic. Classic bourbon taste, complex enough and substantial feel and finish. Outstanding!
B520 - it is hot but has a delicious nose of caramel vanilla and solid taste that matches. overall really good and don't regret the purchase. May buy another if I find it locally.
A120. Sweet, vanilla, and very smooth/creamy. Packs a punch because of the proof, but has a very rich and velvety mouth feel.
This stuff is amazing. So far I've only tried it neat, but probably won't do more than add one ice cube in the future
At 127 proof, it's smoother and has less burn than a lot of well respected 80-proof (Knob Creek, Four Roses, and Woodford come to mind) bourbons I've had on the rocks.
At $65, this is an incredible value and may well be my new go-to bourbon, although the others will still be on hand for cocktails.
Delicious, but very strong. Even with some water to open it up it still burns all the way down. It is by far the strongest proof whiskey I've had. This is borderline between good once, and good and would buy again.
Smells like sweet vanilla/caramel and tastes like cinnamon and it’s toasted
One of the best valued bourbons you can get! Highly recommend finding a bottle or two to add to your collection. Especially for the proof hounds out there (B520)
What batch did you receive? C919, A120, or B520? Thank you for the help
very good: a bit too strong for me to drink, but great to sip.
Very smooth for such a high proof. One of the highest value bourbons I've tried.
Most flavorful bourbon I've tried. Needs a little water to take away the harshness and open up the flavors.
Incredibly flavorful bourbon with strong notes of vanilla, caramel and a little cinnamon. Very smooth given the proof but with a good burn. I already picked up a second bottle. Batch C919
Admittedly, I’m a proof-hound. But this 136-proof beauty is smooth. The taste is incredibly nice. I’ve finished one bottle. I hope to finish many more
excellant palette and nose with hints af Carmel. Very smooth for a high proof.
Very, very dangerous. The first sip knocks you back on your heels a bit, but the second? It's delicious, and it's like there's no way this is 135+ proof. Enjoy. With care.
One of the best I’ve had. It’s right up there with GTS .
My favorite tasting bourbon!
Tastes delicious for such a high proof
Love it! Wow this is where its at!
Brown sugar and cinnamon on the nose. Sweet spice on the palate. Nice burn and finish.
Depending on the batch, this is top notch bourbon at an affordable price
C919 for the win
Delicious kick! Whoooo! Will be one of my favs!
Needs some ice- but delicious
Batch B518 is my favorite. Almost like chewing the liquid it is so complex. Taste lingers forever. A real sipper neat.
It’s a hit with me, the right bite then you get smooth glass after glass. Best served neat.
After a taste of this, I know what it’s like to perform as a fire breather at Disney World. There is a reason EC is not usually bottled at 136.6 proof. Cooled down with steel cubes and splashed with water, it’s quite flavorful though lacking some of those sweeter notes I prefer. Got an earthier flavor similar to a good Irish whiskey.
It's a bit harsh. Prefer the lesser alcohol content and taste of the regular Elijah Craig small batch.
Tried neat...wow. Burn from top to bottom. Added bit of water...wow. I get it. Vanilla, caramel and oak. Long smooth finish.
This bourbon is special. It doesn’t have that blaze of fire you’d expect from something 130+ proof. Great flavors that last. This is definitely a special one
Flavor profile is awesome if you like bourbons (Vanilla, Oak, Caramel, butterscotch and fruits). I don't get the cinnamon. I'd add quite a bit of water though (bottle lasts longer). It's strong obviously!
(C919). The real deal. Sweet with a lot of spice/cinnamon in the foreground. At this proof it hits hard. I mostly take a bit of water or even an ice cube with this one. Not cheap but you won't find much cheaper at this level.
Delicious bourbon with a hell of a burn. I received the C919 at 136.8 proof and man does it deliver. Most days I would drink this neat at the high proof but every once in a while a few drops of water also open up so many more flavors on the palate and on the nose. Highly recommend!
An excellent choice. Not inexpensive but worth it. If you like Elijah Craig, grab this one. You won't be disappointed.
C919 is my favorite, a wonderful mouthful
Good with plenty of cherry, brown sugar, fruity and oaky. Finish is shorter than I would have expected at this proof. A bit dry as well.
Proof was so high it was hard to taste. Easy to overdue as well. :0)
One of the best barrel proof bottles on the market, affordable and not hard to find combined with exceptional flavor. Cant go wrong
This one made me doubt my whiskey tastebuds. It is fire on the front, middle and end and that's about all that was there for me. Tried with some water...still fire. I like a little heat but this one let me know exactly where the bottom of my stomach was. Really disappointed. I expected more complex flavors and for me, they were not there. This one will need to be drowned in a glass of soda to finish.
I smelled cherries and vanilla before sipping. My wife (from across the room) smelled the nutty notes. This whiskey is strong, my particular batch is 67.4%. Yet, surprisingly smooth. I look forward to enjoying and exploring the rest of this bottle.
Thick butterscotch coats the palette. Tingly lips. Opens up with some water. Long finish.
Excellent high test. As is true for most barrel strength whiskey, the initial sip is quite hot. I'd go so far as to say it can be a bit challenging. But it is also rewarding. Rich and complex, with caramel and some nice citrus notes. I'm told it mellows and opens up with a bit of water, but I really enjoy the heat. Give it some respect, and you will be rewarded.
I've enjoyed the aroma and the buttery feel on the tongue. Must have a spot of water or allow ice to melt slightly to mellow the 130 proof. Not my favorite but still very worth the cost.
Packs a punch and tastes pretty good, but not very interesting. I usually use 2-3 ice cubes to mellow it, and after a few minutes it’s enjoyable.... but not my favorite.
Absolutely adore the wide range of inviting flavors and sweet loveliness of this amazing whisky. The flavors rule, but watch out, 130+ proof will put a hurting' on you if you're not careful!
Sharp with complex layers of spiciness. Cinnamon stands out for me with undertones of tart apple and scorched sugars. The feel of butter and caramel had me guessing...butter toffee finish perfected, with a bit of heat in the belly. I absolutely love it! I have about a double shot left and will savor it in drams.
Really bold and tasty, if you can get past the extra heat it’s a very complex and interesting bourbon. Nose - warm brown sugar and toasted caramel start things off, some apple and dried fruit, then a bit of orange cream, a hint of cinnamon, cloves and barrel spice.
Taste - oily and sweet, melted butterscotch in flavor and texture, some cinnamon, a little citrus zest at the end and some subtle barrel spice.
Finish - spicy caramel with some solid oak spice in the background, a solid burn that lingers for awhile and you can feel it working its way down.
A very strong, hot yet smooth and incredibly tasty bourbon. One of my all time favorites with strong caramel and vanilla upfront and hot butterscotch on the finish. Will always have a bottle on hand
Unexpected smoothness for a barrel strength. Amazing value to boot. I'm buying another...
My favorite bourbon out. It’s strong tasty and smooth. No complaints and well worth the money
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.