Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch B521

Before I get into it, this is a 12 year bourbon. The letter “B” indicates the order it was released that year. The first number the month it was released and the last two numbers indicate the year.

If you thought batch A121 was unusually low in proof at 123.6 compared to other batches we’ll… batch B521 has arrived saying wait, please hold my beer, with a proof of 118.2 and I’m living for it.

Don’t get me wrong, I love me some cask strength whiskies but at a certain number of proof my mouth, throat and stomach is asking me why. To me 118.2 is a pretty darn good proof. To be fair, I’ve not tried previous batches before the A121 and B521. I can’t compare these to any of those.

Nose: oak, caramel and oranges
Palate: vanilla, caramel, pepper, cinnamon and spices
Finish: spices and oak
MSRP: $65 (we paid $79.99)

I tried this batch against the A121 and to me the B521 is velvetier, a bit smoother and less harsher on the back of the throat. They are both good but if I were to pick one, I’d choose the B521. It slightly easier to drink. My fiancé on the other hand, he preferred the A121.

Personally I like that they are exploring with the proof numbers. The variety in proof means these batches will appeal to different people. This proof is still higher than most other whiskies out there. Plus, it’s a good proof for a summer release.

I really enjoyed this batch and can’t wait to see what proof their next batch will be at.


Link to Batch A121 review: HERE

Note: The contents on my blog are solely my opinion. To me every palate is different! Although I may or may not like a product, I always recommend for people to try it and make up their own minds.


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