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

Evan Williams Bottled in Bond

EW BiB

I’ve decided to revisit the ol’ Evan BiB as the label has changed on it since my previous review of it and I think it’s a great cheap buy and an easy sipper!

Paid: $20

Distilled/Owned by: Heaven Hill

Region: Kentucky

50% ABV

Aged For: NAS

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

Cask Type: New charred oak, Char #3

Chill Filtered: Charcoal filtered

 


 

Color: Copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Sweet corn, vanilla, oak, cinnamon, and pepper

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Vanilla, caramel, oak, corn mash, and cinnamon, and butterscotch

Finish: Slightly sour, with oak, medium warmth and linger with a bit of coffee

Thoughts: The new bottle hasn’t changed in my mind from the old one yet, still a great buy and tasty bourbon.

Score: 82 out of 100