Elijah Craig 12 Year Old Barrel Proof
Review by @markjedi1
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- Brand: Elijah Craig
- Type: American
- ABV: 67.1%
I tried the 18 and 20 year old versions of this Elijah Craigh, but the youngest of the family had eluded me thus far. Time to put that right. What an alcohol percentage! 134.2 proof equals 67,1% ABV. I had better keep some water handy.
The nose offers dark wood, caramel and apples sprinkled with a thick layer of candied sugar. Juicy oranges too. A pinch of cinnamon.
The arrival is soften than anticipated, to be honest. It does not need water at all. Dark caramel emerges first, then cinnamon and finally some candied oranges in a layer of dark chocolate. Nicely sweet, not too spicy and very easy to sip.
The finish is by far the best part of this whiskey, for it allows all the flavors to return in waves, with some almonds and a twig of mint at the death.
Nice, eminently quaffable Elijah Craig.
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Absolutely a steal of a deal. I have bought several bottles of this recently at $29-34. Nose is wonderful! To me it's the bourbon nosing equivalent to Glendronach Revival. Great taste and finish. I'm a big fan of Wild Turkey 101 and Rare Breed, and this fits in well with them. Nose tends to decrease quite a bit with water though, so don't add much. It drinks very well with just a bit of water, which is amazing considering its strength. However, I'd give it a 92, as I think it's as good as very good scotches. And I'm much more selective with my bourbons than scotches.
8 years ago 0