Bottle of Elijah Craig barrel proof with glencairn glass on table
I’ve had to put this review on hold as I’ve been moving lately so let’s just get straight to the tasting.

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch #13

Batch A117 ; 127%

Color: Deep maple

Nose: Intense caramel, red hot cinnamon, oak, vanilla, and ethanol.

Taste: Oak, leather, smoky, char, with a peppery cloves finish

Finish: The pepper oak char finish sets in and envelopes the mouth with the pepper nipping at the tongue and cheeks. It takes you right to the edge then cools off. Adding water doesn’t really open up any new flavors but just cools off and dilutes the strong earthy flavor. Do yourself a favor and drink it without water unless you really need it.

Verdict: A-

For me, Elijah Craig Barrel Proof is like the Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Some batches are much too hot and overpowering to really enjoy without a good dollop of water, some are simple and not as complex as I’d like, and others, like this batch, are just right. There’s a lot of flavor bursting through this bourbon and the heat pushes me right to the tipping point before it starts to cool leaving you with a nice aftertaste. Goldilocks would definitely approve.