That is the third and closing launch of Elijah Craig Barrel Proof for 2021, coded C921. Let’s dive in a single final time to the lineup earlier than the New 12 months arrives and see what the oldsters at Heaven Hill have in retailer for us.
As with most ECBP releases, issues begin out on the recent aspect with this 12 12 months outdated bourbon. The nostril is peppery and fiery, although there’s a ton of fruit within the combine to mood issues, working to cherries, spiced strawberry, and orange peel. Some chocolate tempers the palate additional, although once more it affords a vivid fruitiness that bursts by its extra savory components — a traditional barrel char and clove notice that each linger within the background, informing the end with lingering spice — plus extra hints of plummy stone fruit.
A lot of this character is iconic to the Elijah Craig profile, and right here every thing pops proper on cue. In the event you’re not already a fan, C921 in all probability received’t change your thoughts concerning the line. Those that are onboard will discover this a completely credible different to extra prized bottlings just like the pleasant A121 which hit earlier this 12 months (and which is now robust to search out). I like this one nearly as a lot.