Review: Ezra Brooks

Paid: $12 for 1 liter

Distilled/Owned by: Heaven Hill / Luxco

Region: Kentucky

45% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Mashbill: Undisclosed

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered: Charcoal filtered

Color: Light amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Light caramel, corn, oak, vanilla. This one is really simple, nothing offense to it, just plain Jane

Feel: Light to medium body

Taste: Vanilla, corn, nutmeg, oak, and light hints of pepper. Again, nothing complex about it, but nothing offensive either.

Finish: Light to medium warmth, vanilla, caramel, honey, and spices.

Thoughts: For $12 you could do a hell of a lot worse, at the same time the old 7 year was $20 and was one of my go to every day bourbons and this is nowhere near that. Simple, and easy.

Score: 70 out of 100

Elijah Craig Barrel Select

EC Barrel Select

Paid: $30 for 200ml

Distilled/Owned by: Heaven Hill

Region: Kentucky

62.5% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Mashbill: 78% corn, 12% malted barley, 10% rye

Cask Type: New charred oak, Char #3

Chill Filtered: No

 


 

Color: Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Thick oak, caramel, vanilla, coffee, sweet brown sugar, cinnamon

Feel: Full bodied

Taste: Dark chocolate, brown sugar, oak, pepper, baking spice, sweet corn

Finish: Medium warmth, good length, chocolate, toffee, espresso, vanilla, sugar, apple, caramel

Thoughts: Very similar to Elijah Craig barrel proof, I think its basically a gift shop exclusive single barrel version of it. If you like ECBP, you’ll likely enjoy this, although it is pricey at $30 for 200ml.

Score: 85 out of 100

Heaven Hill 14 2001 Caribbean Cask

HH CC 14

Price: $125 for 700ml

Distilled/Owned by: Heaven Hill / Malts of Scotland

Region: Kentucky

55.2% ABV

Aged For: 14 Years

Mashbill: 78% corn, 12% malted barley, 10% rye

Cask Type: New charred oak, finished in Caribbean rum casks

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

 


 

Color: Copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Buttered popcorn, toffee, marzipan, chocolate, nougat, coconut

Feel:Medium body

Taste: Sweet milk chocolate (Think milk chocolate Easter bunnies), oak, coconut, vanilla, wafers, very sweet

Finish: Medium warmth and length, oak and chocolate with coconut shavings, peanuts, almonds, and butter

Thoughts: This takes an already sweet bourbon and turns it up to candy level sweet. I really enjoy rum so I like the flavor profile imparted by the casks.

Score: 85 out of 100

 

Fighting Cock

Fighting Cock

Price: $15 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Heaven Hill

Region: Kentucky

51.5% ABV

Mashbill: 78% corn, 12% barley, 10% rye

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: New charred oak, Char #3

Chill Filtered: Unknown

 


 

Color: Copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Vanilla, sharp corn mash, spice, and oak

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body

Palate/Taste: Hay and caramel with a bit of oak and pepper

Finish: Medium heat and good length. Vanilla, corn sweetness, and oak

Thoughts: Another affordable option from HH, this one is sort of a joking competitor to Wild Turkey.

Score: 79 out of 100

 

J.T.S. Brown Bottled in Bond

JTS Brown

Price: $10 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Heaven Hill

Region: Kentucky

50% ABV

Mashbill: 78% corn, 12% barley, 10% rye

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: New charred oak, Char #3

Chill Filtered: Unknown

 


 

Color: Copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Sweet corn, vanilla, caramel, oak spice, and a whiff of sharp grain alcohol

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied

Palate/Taste: Vanilla corn sweetness, oak, caramel, brown sugar.

Finish: Medium warmth and length with again heavy emphasis on vanilla notes.

Thoughts: 3 words for you guys: Cheap, DECENT, vanilla

Score: 82 out of 100

 

 

Evan Williams 12 Red Label

EW 12

Price: $30 in Japan for 700ml, $125 in U.S.A. for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Heaven Hill

Region: Kentucky

50.5% ABV

Mashbill: 78% corn, 12% malted barley, 10% rye

Aged For: 12 years

Cask Type: New charred oak, Char #3

Chill Filtered: Charcoal filtered

 


 

Color: Chestnut

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Oak, spice, chocolate, pepper, vanilla, cake, and molasses

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Palate/Taste: Corn and oak, with cinnamon, clove, pepper, tobacco, and caramel

Finish: Medium length and warmth with lasting oak, vanilla, caramel, and spice

Thoughts: A great buy if you pay the Japanese price of $20, but dear god don’t pay the $100 and up at the Evan Williams experience, it’s good, but not that good.

Score: 84 out of 100

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof A117

ECBP A117

Price: $50 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Heaven Hill

Region: Kentucky

63.5% ABV

Aged For: 12 years

Mashbill: 78% corn, 12% barley, 10% rye

Cask Type: New charred oak, Char #3

Chill Filtered: No

 


 

Color: Dark copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Caramel, oak, vanilla, spice, chocolate, and corn notes

Feel: Warm and dry, medium body

Taste: Pepper, cinnamon, heavy oak, coffee, and lighter than other batches I’ve tried

Finish: Warm, lasting, vanilla corn sweetness, and salty caramel.

Thoughts: Noticeably lighter and less full than other ECBPs I’ve tried, so I wouldn’t seek this batch out, that said it’s still a tasty bourbon.

Score: 85 out of 100