I got super lucky and managed to score this year’s EHT Barrel Proof on a little lunchtime hunt. I’d had two of the previous releases and liked them well enough but I’d heard good things about this batch so I decided to crack it straight away. It was a little high octane for a lunch pour but half a bottle later I’m a huge fan. In another crazy turn of events EHT Single Barrel hit Austin last week and wasn’t on allocation at some of the bigger shops so I couldn’t resist picking one up. I’ve previously written a side by side of an EHT Single Barrel and Small Batch so I decided to keep the tradition alive and do these side by side!
Abv: 129.3 proof
Nose: A powerful but inviting nose with sweet caramel, vanilla, rich oak and subtler baking spice and cherry notes.
Taste: Very strong flavor with cherry, caramel, vanilla, baking spice and softer oak notes. One of the best mouthfeels I’ve had on a bourbon, thick and sticky in all the right ways.
Finish: Very long and dry with a sweet cherry start then lingering spice with just enough oak and caramel to balance it.
9 - a favorite I always try to keep on my shelf
Great - A great deal, I’d buy it again
Abv: 100 proof
Laser Code: L192180123-30L
Nose: Solid but basic nose with sweet vanilla and caramel notes.
Taste: Oak notes dominate with some sweet caramel and vanilla. A little thin for 100 proof but still decently viscous.
Finish: Long oaky finish with sweet vanilla notes balancing the oak.
Wow, this year’s Barrel Proof was outstanding. I’ve had the ‘17 and ‘18 at bars and liked them but didn’t love them like I do this bottle. This was very nearly a 10/10 but the finish was a little to dry and hot to be perfect for me. I’m very glad I was able to get a bottle this year at a good price and will definitely be trying to track down another one next year!
This Single Barrel was the most oaky and least spicy EHT I’ve had yet which I really enjoyed. I definitely prefer it to my last EHT SiB bottle. It’s still a gamble buying the SiBs vs the SmB for EHT though and not one I would recommend for most folks. I’ll probably still bite from time to time if I can get one without any hassle.
TL;DR: This years EHT BP is outstanding. The Single Barrel still ranges from good to great.