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Elijah Craig 12 Year Old

Pleasantly sweet

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

12th Jul 2016

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Legend has it that the Reverend Elijah Craig, a local pastor from Virginia, is the ‘father of the bourbon’. He is said to have built his distillery in 1789. Today, this bourbon is distilled at Heaven Hill. This 12 Year Old is the best known of the brand. A 12 years old bourbon is rather exceptional, actually. Most bourbons spend less years in a cask.

Quite some fruit (caramelized oranges and fresh apples), caramel and a touch of oak. Brown sugar and vanilla join early. A hint of leather. The whole is well integrated. Nice nose.

Good body with an early spiciness. Black pepper and cinnamon. Then the fruit kicks in. Pleasantly sweet. Toasted oak gives it some depth. Caramel turns into butterscotch.

The finish is rather short with mostly the oak and spices that linger. It leaves the mouth dry.

Those 12 years of maturation have made this nicely round, if you know what I mean. In that sense, this is value for money.

PS. This is no longer available in the States. It was replaced by a NAS version.

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2 comments

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

This is still available in Canada, though we expect the shelves to be restocked with NAS. I bought one but I'm not sure why. When you have one bottle and it can't be replaced, when do you open I? I suppose it will be when I'm tasting with someone who specifically likes EC12 YO and misses it.

If you like the profile I suggest you try ECBP 12 year. This is an excellent CS bourbon.

4 years ago 0

@FMichael
FMichael commented

I've been searching for the EC 12 yr without any luck.

Now all I can find is the EC Small Batch with no age statement.

3 years ago 0

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