About – “Each batch of Elijah Craig Barrel Proof is an uncut Small Batch of 12-year-old Bourbon bottled straight from the barrel. The variance in proof from batch to batch presents a unique opportunity to explore the impact of the angel’s share and the resulting proof in a small batch of barrels.” Batch A120 is the first batch to be released in 2020, clocking in at 136.6 proof. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof is a limited release with an srp of around $60.
Nose – The first thing that comes across is a big whiff of roasted peanuts, like you just opened a fresh jar. That peanut is accompanied by a caramel, vanilla, and baking spice. This really comes a cross as the classic bourbon nose turned up to 10.
Palate – An absolute caramel and brown sugar bomb. Those flavors are quickly followed by a big blast of baking spice. Bitter oak tannin comes in drying the mouth and giving everything a nice balance. The finish is long starting with oak and shifting to a spicy butterscotch.
Score – A-
Verdict – Batch A120 is an excellent example of taking the classic bourbon flavors and aromas and turning them up a notch. This is the best batch of ECBP in recent memory. Definitely better than any batch from 2019. If these are still on the shelf around you buy it before it is gone.