Elijah Craig Barrel Proof

Release #11        139.4 proof

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~3 oz pour, rested neat in a glencairn for 20 minutes.


Color: 1.7 (https://malt-review.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Colour-bar-Big.jpg)
~3 oz pour, rested neat in a glencairn for 20 minutes.

Legs: thin halo yields to tiny droplets that never become legs

Nose: Butterscotch waffles, dark stone fruits like red cherries, pear skin, strawberries, some ethanol under all of these strong flavors, toasted oak, maple syrup, honey, dark chocolate (~85% Cacao). Very complex and a long going on here with the complimentary notes.

Palate: Lots of heavy oak on the front, somewhat bitter, there is a sweetness as well, but it doesn't mingle perfectly. Moves into a cherry/baking spice mid-palate, then the ethanol comes in, fast and dry, leading into the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium, but very chewy

Finish: Long, with 8 "g"s. The cherry notes stick to your mouth, the ethanol leaves quite a long "Kentucky Hug", Some sweetness as well, but the overwhelming flavor is the cherry on top of baked goods. 

Arbitrary Score: 8/10

--Carson R. M.

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+ 15 drops of distilled water:



Nose: Much, much more honey/vanilla/toffee/butterscotch. In fact in dominates the nose now, over the cherry/oak flavors. Still a hefty amount of ethanol.

Palate: The chocolate note I was picking up comes right up front, which I love, All of the flavors that were competing for dominance blend together to create this kind of burnt marshmallow chocolate cherry spicy situation. Hard to describe, but phenomenal. Most of the ethanol all but disappears.

Finish: Same flavors as the palate, but the finish is just as long with water added. Really just reminds me of eating s'mores by a campfire. Graham crackers. chocolate, toasted marshmallow.

Final Thoughts: As with all ECBP, it packs quite a punch, but with a moderate amount of water added, it becomes EC12+. All the typical ECSmB flavors are given extra "oomph". There is some harsh flavors associated with the oak and cherry, but the balance out over time. I'm going to continue to dilute this drop by drop and see where it goes.

Arbitrary Score: 8/10

--Carson R. M.