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10 Best Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bottles: Taste Guide (2024)

Best Elijah Craig Barrel Proof

Last Updated on March 20, 2024 by Lydia Martin

If you’re on the hunt for the ultimate bourbon experience, look no further than the remarkable flavors of Elijah Craig Barrel Proof.

Having tasted its diverse offerings, we’re here to guide you through the finest variations of this delicious bourbon, ensuring an extraordinary bourbon experience.

So, what are the best Elijah Craig Barrel-Proof versions you should try? Check them out below.

Top 10 Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bottles (Ranked) 

1. A122

Bottle of Elijah Craig Barrel Proof A122

Average Price: Around $100/750ml (Wine-Searcher)

Alcohol Content: 60.42% ABV

Nose: Rich rye, vanilla tea, hints of corn

Palate: Oily chocolate, nutmeg, cinnamon

Star Rating: ★★★★★

Why We Like It: Batch A122 surprises us with its complex aroma and flavor on the mouth. We like its well-balanced, buttery finish with subtle spice and cola notes, making it a standout choice.

Bourbon does for me what the piece of cake did for Proust.” – Walker Percy, American Writer

While water may enhance its syrupy quality, it’s already a masterpiece in a glass, rarely needing any “touch-ups.” We consider this the best batch (among other drinks) we’ve tried from Heaven Hill.

2. C920

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof C920

Average Price: Around $129.99/750ml (Fine Cask)

Alcohol Content: 66.45% ABV

Nose: Rich oak and brown sugar

Palate: Intense vanilla, corn, baking spice

Star Rating: ★★★★★

Why We Like It: We find Elijah Craig Batch C920 from Heaven Hill, an exceptional bourbon for its bold character. If you seek complexity and intensity, this is a must-have!

Like every bourbon review we’ve encountered, its high 133-proof amplifies the rich notes, providing a delicious and memorable sipping experience.

3. B518

3 Bottles of Elijah Craig B518

Average Price: Around $96/750ml (Wine-Searcher)

Alcohol Content: 66.7% ABV

Nose: Rich caramel and oak.

Palate: Intense molasses and spices

Star Rating: ★★★★★

Why We Like It: This great ECBP Batch B518 boasts bold notes, providing a classic bourbon profile. You can serve it in a Glencairn glass neat or over ice.

Its high 133.4-proof amplifies the intense notes, making it a standout choice for those seeking a robust and memorable experience.

4. B520

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof B520 Bottles

Average Price: Approximately $60/750ml (MSRP)

Alcohol Content: 63.6% ABV

Nose: Rich coffee and tobacco

Palate: Rustic and heat

Star Rating: ★★★★☆

Why We Like It: With a 12-year age statement, Elijah Craig Batch B520 impresses us with its bold notes, giving the classic bourbon profile.

While not as high in proof (127.2-proof) as other batches, it delivers a satisfying balance of flavors.

5. A120

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon A120

Average Price: About $60/750ml (MSRP)

Alcohol Content: 68.3% ABV

Nose: Sweet vanilla and oak

Palate: Sweet caramel and baking spices

Star Rating: ★★★★☆

Why We Like It: If you like sweeter bourbon, Elijah Craig Batch A120 boasts an exceptional harmony of sweetness and spice.

This drink delivers a bold and captivating experience, making it one of our top choices for an outstanding sip.

6. B519

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch B519

Average Price: Around $60/750ml (MSRP)

Alcohol Content: 61.1% ABV

Nose: Rich caramel, oaky

Palate: Intense vanilla and spice

Star Rating: ★★★★☆

Why We Like It: We like Elijah Craig’s Barrel-Proof Batch B519’s delightful balance of bold flavors and smooth finish.

Its high proof brings out a robust character, making it a must-try for bourbon enthusiasts seeking complexity and depth.

Read: Top Bourbons On The Rocks

7. A119

Man holding Bottle of Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch A119

Average Price: Approximately $60/750ml (MSRP)

Alcohol Content: 67.6% ABV

Nose: Notes of dark fruit

Palate: Rich caramel and spice

Star Rating: ★★★★☆

Why We Like It: Batch A119 boasts a remarkable blend of fruity and spicy elements, making it a captivating sip. Its high proof and bold character are perfect if you seek a robust bourbon with a hint of complexity.

8. C922

Person Holding Bottle of Elijah Craig C922

Average Price: Approximately $60/750ml (MSRP)

Alcohol Content: 62.43% ABV

Nose: Oak and dark fruit

Palate: Bold toffee and spice

Star Rating: ★★★★☆

Why We Like It: Batch C922 drivers a compelling blend of flavors. While it may be intense, it’s an excellent drink to savor, especially for those who like a robust bourbon [1] with depth and character.

9. C921

Person Holding Bottle of Elijah Craig C921

Average Price: Approximately $60/750ml (MSRP)

Alcohol Content: 60.1% ABV

Nose: Inky leather, wood spices

Palate: Rich wood sugars, leather, nutty cola

Star Rating: ★★★★☆

Why We Like It: The C921 bottle gives the wild whiskey [2] Western vibe – an excellent, surprisingly enjoyable sipper.

We agree with other reviews; the deep cola notes balance the dryness. Besides, it’s bold and complex, making it an interesting choice.

Read: Top Barrel Proof Bourbons

10. B522

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof B522

Average Price: About $60/750ml (MSRP)

Alcohol Content: 60.52% ABV

Nose: Rustic, chocolate, and orange

Palate: Dry rye, coffee, hazelnut

Star Rating: ★★★☆☆

Why We Like It: We like the fragrant nose of Elijah Craig Batch B522. But, we don’t recommend this for beginners as the taste can be overwhelming, though it provides sweet notes on the mouth.

“In Elijah’s barrels, flavor becomes a timeless masterpiece, sip by sip.” – Liquor Laboratory

If you want to tone down the bold taste, water helps balance and enhances its sweetness and citrus and cherry hints.

*Note: Average prices are based on Drizly and the official product websites. The star rating was determined based on a blind test, with 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest. Each product was evaluated on its overall quality, flavor profile, complexity, smoothness, and overall enjoyment.

FAQs Related to Best Elijah Craig Barrel proof

What is Elijah Craig Barrel Proof bourbon?

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof is a high-proof bourbon whiskey produced by Heaven Hill Distillery. It’s known for its full-bodied flavor, rich complexity, and high alcohol content.

What sets Elijah Craig Barrel Proof apart from other bourbons?

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof is distinguished by its high proof, typically ranging from 120 to 140 proof (60-70% ABV), which contributes to its intense flavor profile and robust character.

How is Elijah Craig Barrel Proof best enjoyed?

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof is often enjoyed neat or with a splash of water to help tame the high alcohol content and unlock its full range of flavors. It can also be used as a base spirit in cocktails that call for bold, intense flavors.

What flavors can I expect from Elijah Craig Barrel Proof?

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof is known for its rich caramel, vanilla, oak, and spice notes, with undertones of dark fruit, toffee, and chocolate. The flavor profile may vary slightly from batch to batch.

How does Elijah Craig Barrel Proof compare to regular Elijah Craig Small Batch bourbon?

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof is a higher-proof and uncut version of the standard Elijah Craig Small Batch bourbon. It offers a more intense and concentrated flavor experience compared to the Small Batch expression.

Is Elijah Craig Barrel Proof limited edition or readily available?

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof is released in batches throughout the year, and while some batches may be limited edition or harder to find, it is generally available in select liquor stores and online retailers.

Are there any notable awards or accolades for Elijah Craig Barrel Proof?

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof has received numerous accolades and high ratings from whiskey enthusiasts and critics alike, often praised for its exceptional quality and value.

Key Takeaways

Heaven Hill Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch A122 reigns supreme, offering an enticing blend of rich taste and balance. It’s a good sipper that can elevate your drinking experience.

However, the journey doesn’t end there. Don’t miss the exceptional C920 and B518, each showcasing their unique profile. We suggest you discover these treasures and savor the diverse delights they have to offer.


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