Elijah Craig Small Batch Barrel Proof, C917

Elijah Craig Small Batch Barrel Proof, C917
Whisky Elijah Craig Small Batch Barrel Proof, C917
Type Bourbon
Cask American Oak
Age 12 years old
Abv 65.5%
Rating 84/100
Reviews of Elijah Craig Small Batch Barrel Proof, C917
says on October 6, 2019
Would you buy this again? No
Rating: 92/100
Finish strength: Very long
Color: Mahogany, Henna notes

General description

One of my favorites of the limited releases from Elijah Craig. I am sad to report that it has poured its last Glencairn. Well met. Would buy again IF found.

SETTING: This bourbon could very well be enjoyed at the end of a rodeo mixed with all of the adrenaline, warmth, and excitement. The stadium lights are bright and the cheers loud.

VITALS:
- Made in: Kentucky, USA
- Distiller: Heaven Hill
- Age: 12 years
- Mash bill: corn=78%, malted barley=12%, rye=10%
- Casks: Barrel char #3
- Barrel Entry Proof: 125
- ABV: 65.5% (131 proof)
- Enjoyment method: neat from a Glencairn glass with father and fellow reviewer, Brian Dawson (username: bdawson57). Check out his review for this bourbon and many others on his profile!

Nose

The first whiff is surprisingly not an overbearing alcohol, despite this bourbon being such a high proof. But don't get over-confident; you could get hurt. A very yeasty, dark bread greets the nose with lighter fruits sitting just behind. A deeper, cautious inhale allows graham crackers, brown sugar, and oak to emerge.

Palate

- Mouth feel: full and rich - crazy warm
- Balance: complex
- Visual: clinging circle of crown. The legs are quick to run off.
- Taste: While negotiable on the nose, the alcohol demands to be acknowledged and respected. The oak, somewhat sweet in taste, blooms after a moment and is incredibly warming. Cloves and other savory spices manage to somehow both be subtle on the palate as well as sinus-clearing. Other leathery tones make you want to bite down hard for a Kentucky chew. And a warm, salted-caramel can be found if you really dedicate yourself to that Kentucky chew risk.

This doesn't coax a lot of fruit, but if you squint, A green grape may make a cameo appearance for a second.

The overall warmth of this is really overpowering, but, boy is it enjoyable!

Finish

- Lasting power: very long and you get more depth and feel as you go. The warmth settles deep in the chest and radiates up and through the body. What a happy feel.
- No more: Spicy oak permeates the empty glass and gives you all of the warmth you could ever look for. One feels as though they want to find a C917 stave to snuggle into.

says on December 22, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 88/100
Finish strength: Short
Color: Burnt umber

General description

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof C917 (ECBP C917) stands well on its own.  I found its aroma to be fresh with citrusy undertones, spicy with no sweetness on the palate, and woody with a fair amount of heat on the finish.  (See below for comparisons to other ECBP itterations.)

VITAL STATS:
Producer: Heaven Hill Distilleries
65.5% ABV (131 Proof)
Mash Bill: 78% Corn, 10% Rye, 12% Malted Barley
Barrel Char Level: #3
Age: 12 Years
Availability: Limited Release

COMPARISON NOTES:
I enjoyed ECBP C917 during a direct comparison with ECBP A118 and ECBP B518.  While a good bourbon, I rated it third, below the other two.

Nose

The traditional bourbon nose on ECBP C917 is accompanied by a great deal of earthiness, orange flavoured citrus, caramel apple, sweet rich vanilla, and oak undertones.

Palate

There is a noticeable amount of alcohol on the front with a strong dose of spice and oak in the mouth.  Subsquent sips bring on dark figs blending with light floral notes and while not sweet, are accompanied by the baking spices of nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon.

LOOK, BALANCE, BODY, AND MOUTH FEEL:
ECBP C917 creates light legs in a Glenn Cairn. Its flavors blend well, however I detected an unusual and unexpected aftertasted.  The mouth feel is light and watery with little viscosity;  quite possiblely due to the high ABV.

Finish

While ECBP C917's finish is exceptionally short and its flavors dissipate relatively fast, its bourbon warmth and strong oak lingers on and on.

says on December 7, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 77/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

good cheap bourbon

says on February 18, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Rating: 100/100
Color: Gin clear

General description

$28.99 in Louisville

says on February 18, 2018
Would you buy this again? Yes
Finish strength: Short
Color: Gin clear

General description

$59.09

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