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Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch No. A124 119 Proof

  • Rating: 9
  • Value: 8
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Proof: 119 Proof (59.5 % )
Age: 10 Years, 9 months
Price: $74.99 750 ML
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Bottle Of Elijah Craig Barrel Proof

A very flavorful and slightly more delicate release than its predecessor (C923) . A little more understated but full of flavor. Well worth seeking out .

Notes: In order to spare our regular readers from the same lead-in, please refer to some of our earlier reviews of the Elijah Craig Barrel Proof reviews for notes on the distillery and its history.

This is the latest release of the Elijah Craig Barrel Proof series. It is also the first edition for this year (2024), and this is the twelfth year of this series. There has been much controversy over the age statements and the lack thereof recently. This has since been cleared up as Heaven Hill has reversed itself and is now stating the ages again ( in this case, ten years and nine months). Please note that this number is the youngest barrel in the blend, and the ages and proportions change to meet the profile they are blending in each release. Also, it is worth noting that it is non-chill filtered and uncut (no water added to the final blend- all barrel proof – or the average of all the barrel proofs of each barrel in the blend mixed and averaged in to be accurate), and the mash bill is 78% corn, 10% rye, and 12% malted barley.

Appearance: Clear dark amber, starting a promising transition from gold to red – a sign of maturity in aging bourbon. A nice medium amber-like a medium maple syrup. A light to medium oily coating on the glass when swirled.

First Impression: Apples, malt, grain, rye, and barley mix well with the corn to give a well-integrated bouquet. It is fruity and slightly oily on the nose.

Taste: Oily entry with a bit of a punch in a nice way—it lets you know you are drinking whiskey. Delicious graininess to it, with the corn being slightly forward but the malt and rye giving it a balanced sweet and sour with complexity. Lingering notes of char, grain, fruit, cinnamon, and ginger.A medium and maybe slightly shorter finish than some of its brethren, leaving a char and grain finish with touches of leather.

Drinks: Usually, a little water opens the whiskey up beautifully. However, I think this is not the case with this particular release. Best enjoyed unadulterated. But if you are going to add a little water, bear these suggestions in mind: Use some warm ( but not hot) filtered water if you can, and use a Riedel, Glencairn, NEAT, or similar worthy tasting glass. Makes beautiful classic whiskey cocktails – any that call for either bourbon or rye. We tried a number of them, and they were all outstanding. You may or may not want to adjust slightly for proof, but you really don’t need to from a flavor and subtlety standpoint- it is that seductively smooth. Just be careful about overall consumption as you may not care, but significant others, friends, and certainly law enforcement may feel differently.

Bottle: Elongated Horseshoe-shaped flask-type bottle somewhat taller and leaner looking than the older versions of Elijah Craig. The helpful notation below BARREL PROOF notation on the label “UNCUT, STRAIGHT FROM THE  BARREL WITHOUT CHILL FILTRATION.”

Other: Take a look at our reviews of other Heaven Hill products, such as the Larceny, Old Fitzgerald, Heaven Hill Parker Heritage, and Evan Williams whiskies.

Past Releases: This is a list of past releases we have reviewed. There are some gaps and batches we missed somehow, so it is NOT the exhaustive list we would like, but simply what we were able to review.

2023:   A123 125.6 Proof 12 Years Old,   B523 124.2 Proof (11 Years,5 Months),   C923 133 Proof 13 Years, 7 Months 
2022: Batch A122 weighing in at 120.8 (60.4 %)  started the year, followed by Elijah  Craig Barrel Proof Batch B522 at 121 proof. The last release was the Elijah Craig Batch 922 at 124.8.
2021: A121 at 123.6 proofBatch B521, which represented the second release for 2021, was released in May and came in at 118.2 proof, and the third and last release of 2021 was Batch C921 of September 0f 2021 at 120.2 proof.
2020: Batch No. A120 136.6 Proof  Version was released in early January 2020, 127.2 Proof Batch No.B520 was released in May, and the 132.8 Proof C 920 was released in September 2020.
2019: 135.2 Proof Batch A119 in January of 2019
2018: 131.4 Proof Batch C918 in September 2018,
2017:  Barrel Proof Versions at 124.2 Proof A117 was released in January of 2017, Elijah Craig Barrel Proof  127 Proof Lot B517 in May of 2017, and another further release, Batch No. C917  in September 2017,

The range of proof from high to low is  136.6 proof (68.3 %)  to 118.2 proof (59.1),

For an explanation of Barrel Proof, please look in our classification section. The Barrel Proof series is the latest and follows on from other previous premium releases of 20-Year-Old, the 21-Year-Old, and 23-Year-Old Elijah Craig versions. This barrel-proof series has between 3 and 4 releases a year at different proofs due to the variations of the batches. The Elijah Craig Barrel Proof series will also vary in color and taste within a certain (company and brand profile) degree so that each one will be different up to that point. Barrels falling outside that profile will probably end up in larger blends or, in extreme cases, sold off to be used somewhere else under a different name.
The Batch letter is the code for which release it is for the year (A, B, C, and D are batches 1,2,3,4 for the year, the First digit is the month (1-January, 5 – May, 9- September), the second two numbers denote the year ( in this case 2023).

 

Final Thoughts: A well-done and rather stately flavor bomb, if such a thing exists. There is a lot of flavor in a small package, but a well-integrated one. While it may not be a recent favorite like C923 was, it is very subtle and flavorful. Fun to compare and contrast the two if you get a chance.

Website: http://www.elijahcraig.com

Fast loading and easy to navigate. This is one of the most comprehensive bourbon ( or any other spirit, for that matter) websites I have come across – and that is saying a lot! Extensive information and good pictures of how bourbon is made, the distillery, and the bourbon heritage with reviews and ratings by different people and organizations of the different vintage years. It is also the most extensive store of bourbon-related gear and accessories in the industry.

 

 

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