Elijah Craig B519 12 Year Barrel Proof Bourbon
Nose is rich and sweet. Banana peel, caramelized pineapple, peach and apricot. On the palate the whiskey is aggressive but not rough. Leather and black tea hit on the back palate first. Adding a drop of water opens up a wealth of flavor: it’s candied, super-sweet at first, like agave syrup. Vanilla bean, black pepper and cigar-box cedar mingle, as spicy tannins linger on the finish. This barrel proof is indeed burly, but lacks the harshness of others.