Elijah Craig

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Barrel Proof

Experience the Bourbon that Whisky Advocate's
international reviewers consistently ranked #1
in a blind taste test against hundreds of whiskies
from around the world.


Product Story& Flavor Profile

To sip our Barrel Proof Bourbon is to experience Bourbon in its purest form—uncut, straight from the barrel, and without chill filtering. Each bottle is hand labeled with its unique proof and batch number but the nose, taste, and finish of every sip is pure Elijah Craig. We’re proud to say that remarkable consistency earned us the award of Whisky Advocate’s "Whisky of the Year."

With Barrel Proof, you can enjoy Elijah Craig much the same way our Master Distillers do when they sample straight from the barrel in our Kentucky rickhouses.

"It is a mouth-filling, deeply satisfying whiskey, amazingly palatable even at full proof, that will delight many drinkers at a great price—virtues we can all agree on."

—Jeffery Lindenmuth, Whisky Advocate



Tasting Notes


Nicely layered showcasing all flavors,
fades slowly then lingers as it cools

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Rich vanilla, caramel, and butterscotch along with spices of black pepper & cinnamon at the back of the palate


Caramel with toasted oak, fruit notes of apple and orange


Varies with each batch;
past batches have ranged from 128.0 to 140.2 proof


Deep Amber

Barrel Proof Batches

Each batch of Elijah Craig Barrel Proof is an uncut Small Batch of 12-year-old Bourbon bottled straight from the barrel. The variance in proof from batch to batch presents a unique opportunity to explore the impact of the angel's share and the resulting proof in a small batch of barrels.

The first letter of the batch number indicates which of that year's releases the bottle was a part of, starting with "A," while the second digit is a number that determines the month of the year the bottle was released. The third and fourth digits indicate the year. Hover over the years below to see the full list of releases and their respective proofs.

RELEASE DATE Batch No. Proof
September 2013 C913 133.2
July 2013 B713 137.0
March 2013 A313 134.2
RELEASE DATE Batch No. Proof
September 2014 C914 140.2
May 2014 B514 134.8
March 2014 A314 132.4
RELEASE DATE Batch No. Proof
September 2015 C915 135.6
May 2015 B515 139.8
February 2015 A215 128.0
RELEASE DATE Batch No. Proof
September 2016 C916 136.0
May 2016 B516 139.4
January 2016 A116 138.8
RELEASE DATE Batch No. Proof
September 2017 C917 131.0
May 2017 B517 124.2
January 2017 A117 127.0
RELEASE DATE Batch No. Proof
September 2018 C918 131.4
May 2018 B518 133.4
January 2018 A118 130.6
RELEASE DATE Batch No. Proof
September 2019 C919 136.8
May 2019 B519 122.2
January 2019 A119 135.2
RELEASE DATE Batch No. Proof
May 2020 B520 127.2 Proof
January 2020 A120 136.6 Proof