Review: Elijah Craig-Year Single Barrel 2017

Paid: $125 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Heaven Hill

Region: Kentucky

45% ABV

Aged For: 18 Years, Barrel #4327, Bottled 21-17

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

Cask Type: New charred oak, char #3

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color: Tawny

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Lots of oak and tannins, dark chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, pepper, and a faint hint of fruit

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Vanilla, caramel, cherry, honey, a good amount of oak, but not overpowering like a lot of 18 year old bourbons, and a little touch of brown sugar

Finish: Light to medium warmth and a medium finish. A nice vanilla, chocolate oak mix of flavors finishing in a caramel wafer sort of way. Very sweet with very little pepper or spice.

Thoughts: This barrel has a great oak balance especially for the age, unfortunately the finish is a little lackluster. However the nose and palate make for a great overall experience.

Score: 88 out of 100

Review: Henry McKenna 10-Year Single Barrel #3936

Paid: $30 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Heaven Hill

Region: Kentucky

50% ABV

Aged For: 10 Years

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

Cask Type: New charred oak

Details: Cask # 3936, barreled 10/10/2007

Color: Auburn

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Fruity with a hint of lime zest and caramel sauce. Oak, corn mash, vanilla, green chilies, caraway seeds, and green coffee beans

Feel: Medium body

Taste: More traditional oak tannin character with leather, pepper, tobacco, citrus, baked apple cinnamon, and cherry

Finish: Medium warmth and length, toffee, oak, pepper, bitter chocolate, rye, and burnt leather

Thoughts: The nose was very interesting, with a lot of fruit and chili, and then became more standard a profile, finishing with a slightly bitter toasted oak sort of finish.

Score: 80 out of 100

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