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The Elijah Craig Barrel Proof in 2022, A122 picks up where last year's left off with a lower proo...

The Elijah Craig Barrel Proof in 2022, A122 picks up where last year's left off with a lower proofpoint coming in at 120.8. For some this proofpoint is already touching their upper limits of enjoyability, however when it comes to Elijah Craigh Barrel Proof, the brand has built a reputation around being a high aged and high proof bourbon. Batch A122 affords a sip that will please many but wow few. Its solid foundation rooted in bourbon fundamentals is found in its nose and finish, both displaying classic scents and flavors. Its midpoint displays more earthy flavors that you wish had a bit more development behind them. Overall, it’s on the less exciting side for a batch of Elijah Craig Barrel Proof, but knowing the potential for the brand I remain optimistic for what the other two batches this year will deliver.

Elijah Craig Toasted Barrel Bourbon Toasted marshmallows, rich caramel, vanilla, and baking spices make for a sweet and inviting nose. Light undertones of oak, summer fruits, and Granny Smith apples are also present, but need to be teased out with a swirl of the glass and deep inhale. The apple note hints towards a presence of acetaldehyde, however if it is present, it's a welcome amount that serves to add more dimension than anything else. Rich and appealing overall. The palate offers sweeter flavors of graham cracker, chocolate, and caramel contrast nutmeg and pepper spice notes. A touch of seasoned wood is evident, but fleeting. The presentation of flavors is characteristically sweet, and quite enjoyable. A blast of rye spice is followed by a rich caramel, brown sugar sweetness. Fireball candy heat along with hints of tobacco and oak lightly tease as the flavors taper off. The finish is slightly dry and tannic, more so than is found with the standard Small Batch. While a slight blemish to the experience, it’s still an acceptable finish overall.