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Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch No A117 Tasting notes and reviews

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Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch No A117

Brand
Elijah Craig
Expression
Barrel Proof Batch No A117
Type
American Whiskey ~ Bourbon
Abv
63.50%
Produced at
Bernheim Distillery
Region
Kentucky
Website
www.heavenhill.com
Availability
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Laura Foster

86
Nose
Nose prickle from the ABV. Sharp, sour tangerine, raspberry and star fruit, plus lots of spice – rye bread and anise in particular – then pecan pie.
Palate
Plasticky mouthfeel. Sour fruits give way to tropical fresh banana. Distinctly spiky, hot, numbing spice attacks on the mid-palate, sour pickled gherkin tempers it, then warm toffee sauce is drizzled on vanilla ice cream.
Finish
A big bowl of banana custard.
Comment
Big, ballsy and unapologetic. Water struggled to temper this beast.

Mark Newton

79
Nose
A lovely depth to this. Morello cherries, with intensely expressed dried fruits: figs and prunes. Then blackberry jam. Pine needles add a fresh zing.
Palate
Dry and tannic, but not aggressively so for the strength. Sour cherries, peppermint, caramel. Gamey in places; and elderberry tartness. Water ramps up the fruit significantly.
Finish
Short, with fennel, cloves, and sour cherries once more. The shortness is a shame.
Comment
A fine Bourbon, though uncomplicated. I'd say easy-drinking, but only with a drop of water!
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