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Elijah Craig 12 Year Old Barrel Proof

Two ECBPs - Part I

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@talexanderReview by @talexander

12th Dec 2021


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I recently picked this one up at the LCBO / Waddington's auction in November 2021. Like every Elijah Craig Barrel Proof, it is twelve years old; this one is Batch B517, which means it's the 2nd batch of that year, released in May 2017. I've tasted this before, at a bar in Chicago; I've also tasted two other batches, both excellent.

The colour is a dark copper. Stunning on the nose with old wet leather, cloves, black cherry and cinnamon. Pungent dried herbs such as parsley and oregano. Very dark chocolate. Over-dry cigar. Espresso. Orange peel. Toasted walnut. A bit minty with water. Extremely robust.

Hot on the palate with cinnamon, vanilla pods, more black cherry and some mint. Very chewy. Mint leaves. A bit of blood orange. Toasted almond. Cocoa powder. Really comes alive with water, dialling up the spice and adding more charred oak and cayenne. Incredibly strong and muscular, but with panache.

The extremely long finish is mouthdrying with chili heat, black pepper, liquorice all-sorts and cherry. This about as good as bourbon gets - leather, fruit, lots of oak and massive spice. Rated #1 whisky of 2017 by Whisky Advocate! Let's see how it stacks up next to the very next batch release...

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Nozinan commented

I agree that this one is a powerful batch. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to taste it. It is an example of the heights a good bourbon can reach.

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casualtorture commented

Love this stuff. And thankfully it isn't something you have to win a lottery or stand in line all night to get.

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Victor commented

@talexander thank you for your nice review.

ECBP is almost always great whiskey, of course. ECBP first arrived in 2013 just as BTACs were becoming near-impossible to get. Yes, @casualtorture, one can still get ECBPs, not always, but frequently enough to put in a stock. That is why I own more bottles of ECBP than I do of anything else, maybe a dozen or so bottles. They are also VERY easy to drink through, which is remarkable at their ABVs. .

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Nozinan commented

@Victor I've never used whisky in a stock.... I must look into that. Caramel sauce yes, but not a stock.

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casualtorture commented

@Nozinan Or you could use them as stocks. Diageo is up 32% YTD.

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