These are some quick thoughts on the wonderfully flavorful Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch C923.
On the first pour, the Nose of Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch C923 was a little disappointing. Typically, when I open a bottle, I expect to get that initial burst of aroma, but that did not happen. However, on subsequent pours, the nose blossomed. It almost had a slight cabernet wine feel with blackberry, dark cherry, brown sugar, and raspberry notes. The ethanol was mild. Interestingly, after I let the bourbon sit in the glass for a while, the aroma had caramel and floral nature.
BOOM!!! OK, this is more like it. The palate of Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch C923 is rich, excessively oily, and buttery with a densely sweet flavor profile: sweet black pepper and a little bit of cinnamon complement the sweet and rich heat. The palate is a little hot, but less hot than I've come to expect with the previous release of Elijah Craig Barrel proof. It's definitely sweeter than the earlier releases I remember—toasted sweet char.
The finish is shorter than expected but reveals seasoned oak and tobacco. That's all for now.