Bourbon Review: Elijah Craig Barrel Proof A119

Heaven Hill Distillery - Straight from the barrel - 135.2 proof



This was our first barrel proof bourbon that we reviewed, and damn it was a good one.


“It's not harsh, like you can feel that bite but it's not harsh. Damn good”

We brought a guest on for this one, and Jay knows more than us no doubt.


This was a review of firsts. We had our buddy Jay Witterman help us out as the first guest for the reviews. We also tried a barrel proof expression which in all honesty we weren't ready for. This bourbon is amazing, and if we did it again now we would probably rate this much higher. We had a ton of fun doing this one, and would love to revisit this if we can ever find an A119 again. We'll see... Per the usual, we look at 5 different categories in our own terms: Bottle, Appearance, Smell, Value, and Taste.


Bottle: "It has some subtle curvatures to the bottle." -Ian


Appearance: "It's a good dark color." -Ian

"I'd say 12 years" -Steve

"How certain are you of that figure?" -Jay

"It says 12 years..." -Ian


Smell: "I mean it smells good" -Ian


Value: $60 bucks or so retail


Taste: "It hits stronger on the pallet, like in the mouth, than it does on the nose." -Jay


Scores


Ian: 8.4

Steve: 8.3

Jay: 8.6




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