After Scotch and Japanese single malts and a blended whisky, the Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar is now taking us to Old Bourbon County for some classic American whiskey! Well, actually, without moving, Elijah Craig was from Fayette, Woodford or Scott Counties, Virginia or Kentucky (keeping up with this season’s map in the late 18th century was an expensive business), but that’s because Bourbon County was named after the French house rather than the whiskey. It’s with ol’ Elijah that the story of Kentucky bourbon whiskey may begin, however…
The ‘Father of Bourbon’ Reverend Elijah Craig, from whom the brand takes its name, was a preacher and distiller whose barn caught fire, leading to a good number of his barrels being burnt. Rather than discarding them, Rev. Craig is said to have filled the charred receptacles with new corn whiskey and voilà! Whether it happened exactly like that is hard to say, but since 1986 Elijah Craig has been one of Heaven Hill‘s flagship whiskeys and one of the most famous bourbons in the world.
Fantastic number 4.
Tasting Note for Elijah Craig 12 Year Old:
Nose: 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.
Palate: Full and sublimely smooth with notes of stewed Bramley apples, malmsey, a touch of aniseed and a hint of spice.
Finish: Good length with toasty oak notes and a creamy sweetness.
The Chaps at Master of Malt