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Elijah Craig Barrel Proof is their 12YO expression bottled cask strength. And coming with ABV level of 67,4%, this is as strong as it can get! By the way, this is probably the darkest whisky, I've encountered so far...
Very tough bourbon, but good. Chew this and it's like getting into a fight and liking it. Kinda like fighting a close friend and going out for drinks afterwards.
So this time, my movie reference is also a hockey reference: Elijah Craig Barrel Proof is like a Goon. And in this case, a close friend who's a goon. While it's being rough, you're still liking and appreciating what it's doing.
Nose: Peppery hot at first. After water added, there's mahogany, maple, corn and waxy honey with hints of floral notes.
Taste: Man this is thick! The oils are like velvet. Syrupy, sour and sweet with warming rye and spices like cinnamon and black pepper.
Finish: Very very strong: warming spices with oil, dark chocolate and oak. A bit bitter.
Balance: Burns pleasantly. Great bourbon in balance: mix of sour, sweet and spicy notes in a great way!