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Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon 12 Year Old

(70cl, 47.0%)
Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon 12 Year Old
$34.94
User Rating
(63 Reviews)
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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.

Elijah Craig 12 (3cl Sample)
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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

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 if stewed Bramley apples, malmsey, a touch of aniseed and a hint of spice.

Finish: Good length with toasty oak notes and a creamy sweetness.

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User Reviews of the Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon 12 Year Old

Hidden gem

Excellent! Smooth and full bodied with a nice finish. An under appreciated gem, in my opinion.

18th September 2016

Excellent sipping whiskey

Excellent! Noobs should stick with Makers Mark, but a bourbon vet will enjoy this bourbon neat.

17th September 2016

@Robbob

Hi there, thanks for the review! However, this most certainly is a 12 Year Old Bourbon - all the products we sell are as pictured, and you will see on the bottle label in our photo that this is indeed a 12 Year Old.
The Chaps @ Master of Malt

2nd September 2016

Robbob

First of all, it isn't 12 years old anymore. It doesn't say 12 years anywhere on the bottle. I wasn't that impressed. It was fairly good but nothing special.

2nd September 2016

Arthur

WOW first time a beautiful bourbon. Having it at the Novotel Hotel Manhattan. Both place and bourbon awesome a must try

20th June 2016

What a wonderful friend to introduce us to this!

What wonderful flavor! Introduced from a friend who knew my husband and I liked Woodford Reserve...very, very nice!

10th June 2016

A tad harsh

In this price range, Buffalo Trace has been my go-to bourbon. But I wanted to try this label as I heard some good things. From the first sniff, I knew I was in for a potent whiskey. Hint of paint thinner on the nose, very strong and not all that pleasant. A lot of heat going down, a bit harsh on the tongue and nose. Be prepared for that. After that, some nice sweet notes and a full taste. But the finish is not the greatest. This whiskey reminds me of Knob Creek straight bourbon, a high proof whiskey that's also too potent, IMO. I was left with that dreaded whiskey headache. Ugh. I fear this bottle will last me a long time. My first glass did not leave me craving another.

10th June 2016

Awesome

Awesome

3rd June 2016

Why did I wait?

I have been a bourbon drinker for 20+ years, but the last 10 I have really expanded my experience and palate. I just bought my first bottle of E.C.12 this week, a bourbon I have been curious about for some time. I cracked it today and it was OUTSTANDING. Toasty nose, full up front, little bite and one of the best finishes I have ever had. This will be my campfire whiskey for the summer. I set it next to my Van Winkle and there is no doubt which one will be empty first. Well done.

4th May 2016

A Very "Together" Bourbon

Classic old fashioned smell, full and rich as you'll find. Sweet on the nose like an English dessert, custard alongside dried fruit notes, I pick up a slight grassy/hay note in the background. The complexity of the nose is proven to me as I find it reminiscent of a candy store, an open field on a hot summer day, as well as fresh glazed meats. Warming, buttery mouthfeel with the taste near identical to the nose. Spicy, not in a rye way, rather a dry oak imparted spice that develops through to the finish. Damn lovely. Finishes long, spicy smooth. Harsh is the last word that comes to my mind with this, but of course, we all have unique and personal tastes with our own experiences to judge by. I find it's damn good stuff. 9.5/10

3rd May 2016

Great

I'm a makers drinker and just love this. Maybe my favorite now.

27th April 2016

Excellent!

Nice bite, but smooth aftertaste. Excellent bourbon!

17th April 2016

Evgeny

Great bourbon for money!

27th March 2016

Why is this a thing?

When I tasted this bourbon at Heaven Hill I wrote in my tasting notes "taste like grass". This bourbon just isn't good. I'd much rather have Old Granddad or Eagle Rare.

15th March 2016

Well it started off well but...

I was very excited to try one of the most talked about and affordable bourbons on the market. I'm fairly new to the exciting Bourbon world, I had polished off both my Eagle Rare & Woodford Reserve Distillers Select prior to uncorking my Elijah. I'm no expert but certainly and appreciator. I'm also a straight up & neat Bourbon man.
It started off so smooth, it was magic. The nose was faint and you could really get down deep into it. The first sip was soft on the palate but grabbed you in all the right places and very long finish. I could've sworn I'd found my go-to-bourbon. Then it all collapsed like a jenga game.
I've never had this happen; it had a transition. After each uncorking the bourbon would be a little more harsh (on the nose & palate). It lost many of its noticeable nuances and playfulness. It's become very cowboy like. I've added more variety to my collection and this has yet to happen like it did to my Elijah. (All stored in one spot)
The cork issue is almost a running joke, the plastic bit separated from the cork and now I have to pry the cork each centimeter at a time.

8th March 2016

I tried it and I liked it!

I drink my Bourbon chilled with ice, three or four shakes only, then quickly strained and transferred to a chilled glass. This is a great Bourbon this way, smooth and wonderful with delicious lasting notes of yummy!

11th February 2016

Elijah Craig @ 4666 ft above sea level

Heaven scent on the palate, dancing with toasty notes of charry apple and divine sweetness

6th February 2016

Not over rated

For an average priced bourbon this is a far superior product to makers and knob. It is a very sweet burning. Pretty good with a drop or 2 of water.

29th January 2016

Overrated by your reviewers

I have been a bourbon drinker for decades and have pretty much tried them all. Despite the fact that this whiskey is aged for 12 years, I don't find it particularly smooth. In fact, to me it is rather harsh with a strong alcohol taste and little else. Compared to Weller 12 year old, which is becoming very hard to find, it doesn't come close in any way. If you want a strong "high octane" type bourbon, stick with Knob Creek. Evan Williams Single Barrel, which is ten years old and less expensive, is far superior. It is a much more sophisticated bourbon. Even run of the mill Makers Mark is far superior to Elijah Craig. This 12 year old whiskey is totally disappointing.

28th January 2016

Just Announced By The Distillery...

The 12-year age statement is going be dropped from this. The whiskey will in future be made up of whiskey 8 to 12 years old, and will be sold NAS. If you have a problem with that, you better stock up on the 12-year-old stuff while you can.

25th January 2016

Best bourbon for the money

Excellent whisky by any standard, but astonishingly good for the price.

24th January 2016

Good stuff!

I enjoyed it a lot!

18th January 2016

Best bottle on the shelf

This bourbon is perfect. It has the best bite, full, sweet, rich finish of any I have tried.

9th January 2016

Very Impressed, Great Price

As a regular Maker's 46 drinker, a coworker recommended Elijah Craig as an alternative and I found it on sale for $22 at our local Bevmo (regular price closer to $28). Makers 46 sells for $30 to $38 so I decided to take my coworkers suggestion and try EC and so far I've been pleasantly surprised.

I'm only a few glasses into the bottle, so I'm not quite sure if I like it as much as Makers 46 yet but this is definitely leagues better than other bourbons in the sub $30 price range. Beautiful color, bit of a spicy burn, not as super smooth as higher end bourbons but again, for the price a ton better than expected. Looking forward to trying the 18 year version.

19th December 2015

A pleasant, inexpensive whiskey

Making my way through the 2015 Advent Calendar (what may have become a new tradition in our household) and both the wife and I found the Elijah Craig one of the few so far which warrant further exploration. The wife isn't a fan of whiskey, but agreed to share the adventure of sampling with me (this year, at least) and has declared Elijah Craig 12 a winner (though there is still roughly half the samples left).

Nice nose, fruity tones and a smooth tasty finish make the Elijah Craig a standout.

16th December 2015

Chewy

Sniff: Yup, that's bourbon! Little smoke from the cask, little burnt wood astringency, but nose-hair singing hot. Had to put it in a more open glass. Took another whiff, that's better, still hot, but now some oak and caramel coming out. Brief hints at vanilla, is that a touch of apricot stone, banana, and oh yah leather. No way I can smell that many things in this, can I, crazy. Great big nose.

Sip, honey, hot, let it sit on the tongue, burn, mellow out, sweet, citrus, nice fruits, and it sits a bit chewy in the mouth with a good buttery texture that isn't oily.

Relax, breath, what an after taste, more citrus and stone fruits. Love it.

Wait a bit, add a drop of water, the heat mellows out, but the flavor opens up more really well.



Final Note: I am doing the 2015 advent calendar. As a result, I get one drink at it to decide if I like it enough to buy more. Sometimes I need to drink something three or four times to make up my mind. Thus, my rating is based on a one-time drink experience.


5th December 2015

Ken

Really enjoyable, warming dram at a good price.

4th December 2015

Not my taste

Strong tasting, but not a good taste

4th December 2015

Best around 30

Best bottle for the price

3rd December 2015

Taste tester

Earthy tone oak flavors with a bit of fruit not as smooth as makers mark, better mixed than neat or over ice, even prefer a blended crown royal over Elijah

3rd December 2015

Scott

Got a bottle of this for my 40th off my Brother and his family. Absolutely sublime stuff. Wipes the floor with Jack, Jim Beam etc. Fantastic finish which will linger for 5 mins+

26th November 2015

Biker of Bourbon

I am a bourbon fan, and I try a good many. Tonight, I am enjoying my first bottle of Elijah Craig, and I must say, I think this is a winner!

24th November 2015

Len

I buy this on a regular basis now and recommend it to friends. Great with a good cigar and for less than $30.

25th October 2015

Great!!! Burbon

Love it but the stopper and the top seprate at times. Still love the taste!!!

15th October 2015

Great value bourbon - toasty oak, toffee, spicy

I normally drink single malt scotch but really love a taste of Elijah Craig - better value than Knob Creek 9YO small batch

18th September 2015

the price was right

I paid a friend $5 for my bottle and got a really good perk so I'm a satisfied customer

23rd July 2015

fantastic whiskey

what a drink!...smooth and slightly sour with a silky corn taste on the finish when neat . ...a bit of water opens up nutty ,toffee notes with a slight popcorn honey finish absolutely excellent top grade ,small batch bourbon . and can hold it's own up against any of the big whiskey ..even single malts !!

2nd July 2015

Let It Sit

I have been trying different Bourbon and Rye whiskeys for a while now. I saw this one and immediately noticed a few things: 1) Good color, very solid and dark enough. 2) Cork, nothing says pride and quality like a cork instead of screw top, means nothing to the flavor its just a nice touch. 3) 12 years. Most are 6-9 it seems so this stood out.

It is very tasty and smooth. I certainly feel the thickness noted above.

My recommendation is you pour some, and let it sit for a few minutes. It really mellows out and the aroma sweetens considerably.

18th June 2015

First timer

I'm a whiskey drinker but a co-worker recommended I try bourbon. We spent 30 minutes in the liquor store & I purchased Elijah Craig Small Batch 12. My first sip was extremely smooth & I think I found my new drink.

2nd May 2015

Tried at a hotel.

The hubs and I tried this at a hotel. We love Whiskey and trying new brands. The bartender suggested this one and my I am sure glad she did! It is super smoothe with great flavor! Our new favorite!

28th April 2015

wow!

I normally drink single malt scotch but tried a taste of Elijah Craig at my local store. Promptly took home a bottle. Yummy!

26th April 2015

Spirits only

a nice drop but not worth the crazy $72 price (fuck Australia and our rip off prices!) still one of the better bourbons iv had so far but for the price I'd have 2 say I'd rather buy bakers

23rd April 2015

Excellent bourbon, normally on the rock.

Excellent bourbon, normally on the rock.

22nd March 2015

Beautiful

I'm not a bourbon fun, but this is the best bourbon I've ever tasted!!!

10th March 2015

5th Great Grandfather's Brother

This is very cool. Elijah Craig was my 5th great grandfather's brother. My 5th great grandfather was Benjamin Craig. We will check it out. :)

5th March 2015

harddrive1957

As a old time bourbon drinker this is not the best i have in my bourbon collection but it one that will stay

20th February 2015

strong one

really nice,strong and goes well with beef steak,I like the smell and the color of Elijah Craig whiskey,smooth and heart warming,fine bottle.

30th January 2015

Elijah Craig

This is the kind of whiskey where you may need a second glass to truely appreciate every note. It is 47%, remember, so adding a drop of water may bring out more subtleties. Swish it around in your mouth, hold it on your tongue - then swallow :) Great whiskey, if you ask me. Would I buy it again? Yes!

22nd January 2015

my favorite

better than woodford reserve to me. a bourbon way better than all the hype others get. cant wait to share with friends on new years. was very suprised i was never told about this bourbon , will be sure to make others aware of what they are missing

22nd December 2014

Nice

Very nice Bourbon, It is a nice change from Jack or other Popular Boubons. I would suggest drinking it clean or on the rocks, no mixer

13th December 2014

Simply Excellent!

Received a bottle over Thanksgiving, tried it on the rocks, slowly sipping as the ice chilled it. Wow! What a great present to receive. It is smooth and somewhat complex and just very pleasing. A second glass to enjoy even slower is a must!

3rd December 2014

First try of this bourbon

Take your time with this bourbon. Take my advice and always drink a second glass. Open your mouth and rest your lips on the glass and breathe in the fragrance of this one through your nose. Take a sip and press it onto your tounge several times, then swallow it. You can taste vanilla a lot, the cask of oak, spices, leather, a tiny floral note. This bourbon is very creamy and has a burn that does not burn. Bourbon drinkers will know what I mean about the burn. Very good for a bourbon under $30.00. Excellent buy for a 12 year old. Try Elijah Craig 12, you won't be sorry.

2nd December 2014

Best Bourbon under $30 (in Michigan)

Watch Jason Pyle, Ralfy, or the Whisky Bitch for tasting and nosing notes. I just wanted to say this is the first bourbon I've ever had that I thought to myself, "I must NEVER be without this". 9/10.

3rd November 2014

Lovely

Great nose - sweet and full of stewed apples, sugar, spice, toffee..and all things nice..smooth as a Southern afternoon...addictive taste (one hit and you'll want to drink this forever).. And a lovely long lingering finish. This is also cheap, but that doesn't mean it's lacking substance or style. Great stuff indeed

30th October 2014

Евгеній Україна (Черкаси)

Чудовий насичений та досить м'який бурбон! Краще додати кілька крапель води.

20th October 2014

Crankster

love it! used to drink beam green label but this bourbon is a favorite now.

13th October 2014

Love it

I generally prefer scotch but this bourbon is very smooth with a lot of flavor.

11th October 2014

A very spicey yet mellow bourbon

I ran this tasting with two drams. The first was on a dry palate, and it was a little overwhelming with the 47% alcohol content. However, after adding a drop of water, the sweetness and oaky bourbon aromas were opened up sublimely on both nose and palate.
My second glass, however, was consumed at full strength on a wet palate. After knowing what to expect from dram one helped my taste buds decipher all the subtle nuances of this 12 year old spirit.
Tasting notes do include the toffee banana mentioned by the previous reviewer, however my speyside single malt-influenced palate managed to pick up that wonderful oakiness with more sweetness in the main palate and finish.
Overall, I would recommend and scotch drinkers to first try the Glendronach 21 in order to prepare themselves for the fire of the alcohol content, and to prepare their mouths with a splash of water in their first glass. I am trully impressed.

9th September 2014

@ Truly awful

We are so sorry that the bourbon didn't quite meet your expectations and it is certainly something we would like to have a chat with you about! Please do drop our customer service team an email at contactus@masterofmalt.com or call us on 0044 (0)1892 888376, and we will be happy to go from there. - The Chaps at Master of Malt

27th August 2014

Truly awful

I'm a regular single malt drinker, Speyside or Highland, and this is my first, and last, bourbon. From a nose of airfix glue and toffee vodka, through a palate of rough spirit alcohol and cheap toffee banana flavouring to a mouth burning finish and horrible metallic aftertase, this was truly the worst whisky I've ever sampled. I'm no expert, but even to my modest palate this was undrinkable. If Master of Malt wont take it back for testing, its going down the sink.

22nd August 2014

Sweet, Smokey and Leathery Goodness!

Elijah Craig is an excellent bourbon! Like a previous reviewer stated, it incites a definite WOW moment. Craig is sweet, smokey, leathery, and jam packed with charred oak flavours. The nose includes fruits, vanilla and memories of a leather saddle shop. I have yet to find a bourbon in my city in Canada that will come close to Elijah Craig. It will be a staple in my collection for years to come.

7th June 2014

great

nice dram

9th April 2014

Great price in the States!

It's a short drive to Kentucky from here in SE Tennessee. The price here is $27. (About 16.87 pounds) Location, location, location! I like it. It's full bodied, yet smooth as silk.

3rd March 2014

whiskey bourbon

this whiskey is very good value,it is a very good
introduction the bourbon

16th February 2014

Amazing

a good friend got me a bottle of the 12 Year old small batch and it has to be the perfect slow sipping bourbon has a great start and finish

30th January 2014

Over priced or bargain find?!

I have bought this as a present on the advise of reviewers for a loved one who is a big Bourbon drinker, I could not order on this site as too late to arrive for Christmas so went to Selfridges where this was £48! Luckily I was stood next to a very nice man who suggested I go to M&S where I purchased it for £25.99!My purse is having a very merry Christmas!

23rd December 2013

Well rounded

A great bourbon with a sweet, but grassy nose. A rich palate which is smooth and easy to sink, then a long sweet finish.
Suffice to say, the bottle didn't last long. Will definitely buy again.

11th December 2013

Definately overpriced!

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
Szarik

30th November 2013

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

One of the best

Trying this bourbon for the first time. Excellent body and taste for just $27, this one is best bang for the buck u can find in US!

17th October 2013

overpriced

this is for sale for £23,77 in Germany and the Netherlands a hefty £12,32 difference!!!!

13th October 2013

Like a finger in your ass during a blowjob

This whiskey is a welcome surprise! Cheerio and chip chip churee!

11th October 2013

Pappy All the way

This is noway near as good as Pappy Van Winkle. In the Uk Pappy is hard to find is there anything else similar?

26th September 2013

So good!

Love this stuff. Better than Woodford reserve & Pappy. So rich, sweet & creamy.

22nd August 2013

Great drink

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.

22nd August 2013

WOW

one of the finest I've ever had

16th August 2013

Barrel Proof

Thanks Master of Malt !! :-D

12th August 2013

@Barrel Proof

Well... let's just say you are in luck!

http://www.masterofmalt.com/whiskies/heaven-hill/elijah-craig-12-year-old-barrel-proof-whiskey/

--The Chaps at Master of Malt

5th August 2013

Barrel Proof

Can you please bring the Barrel Proof version in your catalogue ? Thanks ! :-)

31st July 2013

My favourite

All time favourite. Totally awesome bourbon. 10/10

10th July 2013

Why so expensive?

Not keen on the £10 price hike - poor show, this was £27 a few months back

13th June 2013

Beautiful whiskey

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

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

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

Definately Bananas!

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

One of my favorites

A wonderful bourbon

25th January 2013

salted caramel

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

Bananas!

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

Hardcore Bananas

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

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

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