Elijah Craig

Barrel Proof Bourbon B517

ABV 62.1%
REVIEWED Issue 148
Specifications
Brand: Heaven Hill
Expression: Barrel Proof Bourbon B517
Type: USA Whisky / Bourbon
Age: No Age Statement
ABV: 62.1%
Country/Region: USA / Kentucky
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
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Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc Distillery, 1064 Loretto Road, Bardstown, KY, USA
Taster   Rob Allanson
Nose: Coffee shop vibes, espresso grinds, fresh brew cappuccino and vanilla cream. Plum chutney and baked pork. A little metallic warming radiator, old dusty book shops, earthy like dunnage warehouses.
Palate: Cola cubes and black treacle. The oak really grips tight, lots of tannins, then tobacco ash and more vanilla.
Finish: A little rye spice, rich cream and then dries out with tannins. Still so much oak too.
Comment: A big, big Bourbon. The ABV is not an indicator of how much water to add, just needs a couple of drops and it blossoms out.
9.0
Taster   Mark Newton
Nose: Raspberry jam, tons of caramel and vanilla. Cinnamon and nutmeg, with peppermint. Toasted notes, rice pudding and coffee. Bay leaves.
Palate: Tiramisu, dark chocolate, chili peppers, and a heap of vanilla. Hint of elderflower cordial at the lighter end. Fabulously silky stuff, but overly woody. Water brings out black tea and wholemeal toast.
Finish: Long, warming, aggressive, bitter, with cloves and finally peppermint.
Comment: Potent stuff indeed, but it feels a little overcooked.
7.9
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