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So I came to Elijah Craig 12 in a bar and was very pleasantly surprised. So I bought myself a bottle. This has been opened 6 months or so.
Colour is tawny amber,
Nose: Not multi-dimensional, but very big on oak and vanilla backed up by caramel, brown sugar, a very big sweet wine Sauternes vinous sweetness which is very nice, slightly honey-ish, black pepper, and at the very back of it there's some peach, white grape, wood smoke. The alcohol is strong in the nose too.
Taste: quite hot, then there's sweet Sauternes vinous, lots of oak, softened by vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, honey, spice, ground black pepper, rye spicy, cedar wood.
Finish: very oaky, vanilla, spice, little dry, not particularly long.
Overall this feels surprisingly young for a 12 year old. I've tasted this alongside Weller 12, and that just has so much more complexity a aged softeness. But EC has a very nice sweet vinous quality which gets it noticed above others and big bold oaky flavours. A nice house Bourbon, but maybe not pushing beyond that into the big league.