Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon 12 Year Old
Also from Heaven Hill Whiskey Distillery
Whiskey or Whisky
Insider knowledge: Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon 12 Year Old whiskey is named whiskey by virtue of the fact it's from America. If distilled in Scotland the spelling would be Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon 12 Year Old whisky, as opposed to whiskey.
Elijah Craig 12 Bottling Note
Elijah Craig was named for a reverend who lived in Virginia. He kept a warehouse where he stored barrels and one day experienced a devastating fire. He used the charred casks regardless and found they imparted a lovely character. This is a great 12 year old small batch bourbon, named in his honour.
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The nose is quite thick and full. There is a beautiful sweetness with notes of toasty oak, toffee, spicy stewed fruits, a touch of resin and a lovely crème anglaise character. The palate is full and sublimely smooth with notes if stewed Bramley apples, malmsey, a touch of aniseed and a hint of spice. The finish is of good length with toasty oak notes and a creamy sweetness.
Full Body Kick
I have to be honest that my first taste of this Elijah Craig made me wonder if I was out of my comfort zone. Lovely smooth flavor, then it had a really strong kick (a real eye opener), but then the aftertastes kick in and they are delightful.
Easily one of my favorite bourbons and will definitely be back for more!
2nd February 2012
This is certainly a strong and fiery Bourbon! A delightfully smoky, caramel nose. To me it tastes quite strongly of bananas as well as caramel and oak. Strongly recommend. Will be buying this for years to come!
11th October 2012
Tried this whilst watching Avengers Assemble. Have to agree with the other reviewer. I got banana and caramel sweetness kicks as well. This is a cracker of a Bourbon. It's one that makes you go WOW (Thats a CAPITAL WOW) for a first time tasting. Yum Yum. Even made the film seem better than it was! Maybe had too much );-}
25th October 2012
One of my favorites
The nose is really salted caramel. Best tasted with half as much room temperature water to get the full benefit of the complex flavour and aftertaste: a real winner.
3rd January 2013
A wonderful bourbon
25th January 2013
This was given to me by a very good friend and have to agree this is a very fine bourbon. I agree with the banana flavour - like a banana soaked in a sweet liqueur and cooked on a barbeque, "hot and smokey". It is so smooth, and the after-taste is just as good as the initial flavour. Well done my friend!
28th March 2013
Oak, Salt, Caramel and Vanilla and a gentle smoke that stays
Strong Oak (at least for a Bourbon), Salt, Caramel and in the end Vanilla as well as a gentle smoke note that stays in my mouth for several minutes after the brown liquid went down my throat. A "must have" for all Bourbon lovers
12th April 2013
A Fine Bourbon
I really enjoyed this bourbon although it is not my favorite. I like a few bourbons better including Knob Creek and Evan Williams 10 year old Single Barrel. It's all a matter of personal taste. Elijah Craig is high up on my list of the best.
16th April 2013
This is an excellent example of what Bourbon can be. Full bodied and rich, with all of the flavors you expect a bourbon to have. One of my favorites especially since I live in the U.S. where I can get this for $25 USD.
3rd May 2013
All time favourite. Totally awesome bourbon. 10/10
I got this after reading the positive reviews. What a flavor! It's so smooth and creamy I could hold it and swirl it in my mouth for hours the after taste is rich and defined, smoky, woody, sweet & fruity. Absolute bargain and better than some at 4X the price.
Love this stuff. Better than Woodford reserve & Pappy. So rich, sweet & creamy.
This is noway near as good as Pappy Van Winkle. In the Uk Pappy is hard to find is there anything else similar?
this is for sale for £23,77 in Germany and the Netherlands a hefty £12,32 difference!!!!
gem of a drink
i used to drink scotch and single malt when i could afford, for the last 4 /5 years my taste buds are craving for bourbon - i live in Toronto, where the price is high and the supply is 5% of what you find in the US, having said that i have had the opportunity to drink some of the known and the unknown ones - this is very close to my hear, can't describe you the taste unlike other reviewers; but if complexity and smoothness go hand in had - this is the one!
21st November 2013
Can buy this whiskey at M&S Marks&Spencer for less then £27 and it's a expensive shop. The masters of Malts should do much better..then M&S