Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon

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Ohhh the wonders of Bourbon...

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.

There are wonders to be revealed in life. 
  • Category
  • Style
    Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Region
    Kentucky
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
    62.1% may vary
  • Distillery
  • Age
    12 Year Old
  • Chill Filtered?
    No
  • Maturation
    New charred oak barrels

Flavor Spiral™

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vanilla
caramel
cinnamon
toasted oak
fruit
butterscotch
toasted
apple
orange
What does Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon taste like?

The Flavor Spiral™ shows the most common flavors that you'll taste in Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon and gives you a chance to have a taste of it before actually tasting it.

We invented Flavor Spiral™ here at Flaviar to get all your senses involved in tasting drinks and, frankly, because we think that classic tasting notes are boring.
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Bourbons are very high in vanilla, as American White Oak is naturally high in vanillins.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Deep mahogany.

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Caramel and toasted oak on the nose with fruit notes of apple and orange.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Rich vanilla, caramel and butterscotch flavor accompanied by wonderful hints of black pepper and cinnamon.

Finish
Long finish reveling in all flavors.
Ratings & Reviews
James
James,
This is the way I like my bourbon sweet and strong.
 
Ray
Ray,
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.
 
Mason
Mason,
Creamy and sweet!
 
Joshua
Joshua,
A little harsher than the Small Batch version but still pretty good, not as much of a vanilla finish.
 
guest
guest,
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.
 
guest
guest,
Textbook Classic burbon with extra kick. Buy again
 
Orlando
Orlando,
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
 
Ron
Ron,
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
 
Michael
Michael,
Fantastic. Classic bourbon taste, complex enough and substantial feel and finish. Outstanding!
 
Stephen
Stephen,
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.
 
Lauren
Lauren,
A120. Sweet, vanilla, and very smooth/creamy. Packs a punch because of the proof, but has a very rich and velvety mouth feel.
 
Bryan
Bryan,
9.5
 
Brian
Brian,
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.
 
Richard
Richard,
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.
 
Andres
Andres,
Smells like sweet vanilla/caramel and tastes like cinnamon and it’s toasted
 
Bryan
Bryan,
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)
 
George
George,
Love
TYLER
TYLER,
What batch did you receive? C919, A120, or B520? Thank you for the help
Judy
Judy,
very good: a bit too strong for me to drink, but great to sip.
 
Seth
Seth,
Very smooth for such a high proof. One of the highest value bourbons I've tried.
 
Carl
Carl,
Most flavorful bourbon I've tried. Needs a little water to take away the harshness and open up the flavors.
 
Ben
Ben,
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
 
Seth
Seth,
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
 
John
John,
excellant palette and nose with hints af Carmel. Very smooth for a high proof.
 
Mark
Mark,
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.
 
guest
guest,
One of the best I’ve had. It’s right up there with GTS .
 
Steven
Steven,
My favorite tasting bourbon!
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Tastes delicious for such a high proof
 
Tom
Tom,
Love it! Wow this is where its at!
 
Thomas
Thomas,
Not opened
 
Ara
Ara,
Brown sugar and cinnamon on the nose. Sweet spice on the palate. Nice burn and finish.
 
John
John,
Depending on the batch, this is top notch bourbon at an affordable price
 
Philip
Philip,
C919 for the win
 
Jacqueline
Jacqueline,
Delicious kick! Whoooo! Will be one of my favs!
 
Dan
Dan,
Needs some ice- but delicious
 
SCOTT
SCOTT,
Batch B518 is my favorite. Almost like chewing the liquid it is so complex. Taste lingers forever. A real sipper neat.
 
Timothy
Timothy,
It’s a hit with me, the right bite then you get smooth glass after glass. Best served neat.
 
Jeremy
Jeremy,
Batch A120 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.
 
Elizabeth
Elizabeth,
It's a bit harsh. Prefer the lesser alcohol content and taste of the regular Elijah Craig small batch.
 
Terry
Terry,
Tried neat...wow. Burn from top to bottom. Added bit of water...wow. I get it. Vanilla, caramel and oak. Long smooth finish.
 
Brad
Brad,
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
 
Dimitri
Dimitri,
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!
 
Allen
Allen,
(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.
 
Robert
Robert,
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!
 
Russell
Russell,
An excellent choice. Not inexpensive but worth it. If you like Elijah Craig, grab this one. You won't be disappointed.
 
Dick
Dick,
C919 is my favorite, a wonderful mouthful
 
David
David,
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.
 
Barry
Barry,
Proof was so high it was hard to taste. Easy to overdue as well. :0)
 
Erik
Erik,
One of the best barrel proof bottles on the market, affordable and not hard to find combined with exceptional flavor. Cant go wrong
 
Liz
Liz,
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.
 
Conor
Conor,
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.
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Thick butterscotch coats the palette. Tingly lips. Opens up with some water. Long finish.
 
Cliff
Cliff,
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.
 
Steven
Steven,
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.
 
Dan
Dan,
Very good.
 
James
James,
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.
 
Michael
Michael,
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!
 
Gerald
Gerald,
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.
 
Benjamin
Benjamin,
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.
 
Josh
Josh,
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
 
Jason
Jason,
Unexpected smoothness for a barrel strength. Amazing value to boot. I'm buying another...
 
Joseph
Joseph,
My favorite bourbon out. It’s strong tasty and smooth. No complaints and well worth the money
 
guest
guest,
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.
Michael
Michael,
Totally agree!
John
John,
It burns just right the caramel, the vanilla, the finish. Ahhhh...
 
Adam
Adam,
Solid flavor for a high proof. Would put it just a hair above Bookers.
 
Liz
Liz,
Very even mix of vanilla, caramel and oak with just hints of citrus and cinnamon. Just as advertised on the spiral.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Another great day! Smooth. Just the right amount of burn. Nice vanilla too
 
Joseph
Joseph,
Perfect.
 
Skip
Skip,
Can spend a little time with this one! Great nose & delicious. Great price too!
 
Bob
Bob,
Great flavor, great price.
 
guest
guest,
Smooth
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
It’s good!
 
Blake
Blake,
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!
 
david
david,
The most delicious juice ever made!!!
Waylon
Waylon,
Which edition did you get? A119? B519? C919?
Bret
Bret,
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.
 
Claudia
Claudia,
For it being 122 proof, extremely easy to drink. This one will catch you off-guard if you are not careful.
 
Michael
Michael,
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.
 
Timothy
Timothy,
Smooth and delicious! A pleasure to the palate!
 
Burton
Burton,
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.
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Probably the best cast/barrel proof I have even tasted. Traditional flavors with dates, plums, and a nice long finish.
 
S
S,
Nice and smooth great flavor
 
Paige
Paige,
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!
 
james
james,
strong,but smooth taste,great mouthfeel and med. to long finish! paid $65,not bad for a much in demand sip.
 
guest
guest,
solid, reliably good BP whiskey, but not sure why flaviar is asking 100$ over typical store prices.
 
Adam
Adam,
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.
 
Nicholas
Nicholas,
Loved the strong taste and lasting impact of the bourbon. Great for sipping and enjoyed it being in your face the entire time.
 
william
william,
great go to whiskey at a more than reasonable price
 
Julius
Julius,
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.
Orlando
Orlando,
Word
John
John,
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.
 
Scott
Scott,
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.
 
Gavin
Gavin,
Lol @ the $210 price. It’s delicious, but it’s an $80 tops.
 
Brandon
Brandon,
When you need that little kick. Strong grains and sweet introduction. Subtle end.
 
Tom
Tom,
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.
 
John
John,
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...
 
Mathew
Mathew,
Too much heat for my preferences.
 
Richard
Richard,
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.
 
Charles
Charles,
Try and you'll be hooked
 
Nathan
Nathan,
Too strong to enjoy any flavor or other characteristics of the drink.
 
RICHARD
RICHARD,
Excellent. Good burn but nice and mellow.
 
Jeremy
Jeremy,
Another bench mark. Medium flavor toasted oak spice and caramel
 
Christina
Christina,
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.
 
Barry
Barry,
Very good flavor. Smooth and nice finish.
 
Chad
Chad,
A beautifully smooth sweet almost syrupy feel. I enjoy this fine spirit when celebrating life.
 
Curtis
Curtis,
Great bourbon, has a little robost in it from the barrel, but all around excellent for the cabinet!!
 
Michael
Michael,
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.
 
Lee
Lee,
Over an ice block this is very pretty. Tried neat and it was way too hot for my taste.
 
Brett
Brett,
Smooth, simple.
 
guest
guest,
Had it in a old fashioned and it was awesome
 
Ronald
Ronald,
My daily dram. perfect for straight
 
Donald
Donald,
Very tasty, wonderful aroma.
 
Michael
Michael,
Love it. Very smooth.
 
Steve
Steve,
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.
 
Ben
Ben,
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.
 
jordan
jordan,
One of the best barrel proofs out there. Try it neat first, you won't regret it!
 
Kurt
Kurt,
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.
 
Scott
Scott,
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.
 
Rory
Rory,
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.
 
chris
chris,
Excellent, but not for the faint of heart.
 
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