Review: Elijah Craig Barrel Proof C921

Back from an extended break, and there’s no better way to kick things off than with a quick look at the latest Elijah Craig Barrel Proof release. The brand’s third release of 2021, C921, might just be their best this year. As much as Heaven Hill strives for (and mostly achieves)consistency between batches, there’s bound to be slight variation in flavor. Coming in at 120.2 proof (60.1% abv), Elijah Craig Barrel Proof batch C921 maintains its 12-year age statement and non-chill filtering. And it delivers.

On the nose, those classic Elijah Craig notes of deep, dark caramel, sweet oak, fruit, and spice are found here in spades. Though it is 60% alcohol, which is strong by any measure, this bourbon sips easily. Clearly the sign of a well made whiskey. Flavor-wise, it’s more of the same notes found on the nose. This batch maybe a bit more caramel-forward on the palate versus the past couple of releases. The finish sees wonderful hints of fig and spice, with sweet oak notes returning.

There has not been one bad batch of Elijah Craig Barrel Proof. Ever. Period.

I’m so glad to say that statement still holds true here. Of the three batches released this year, C921 stands out as my favorite. They’re all delicious, but the slightly more caramel-forward profile of this latest release just does it for me. For about $60, you can’t beat it. Highly recommended.

Thanks to Heaven Hill Distillery for the sample. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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