Admittedly, I’m probably a little biased towards this one. For me, bourbon was typically that sickly sweet corn flavored liquid that tasted the same across most brands. Elijah Craig 12 was the bourbon which changed all that, it opened my eyes and made me realize how ignorant I’ve been towards anything that wasn’t scotch. Fast forward a few years, when I heard that Elijah Craig was eliminating the 12 yr in favor of an NAS expression, I desperately searched high and low to stockpile as much as I could, cursing myself for not doing this sooner... spending a fairly large sum of money in doing so. So the rhetorical question I have now - What’s dumber - not knowing what a gem this is or spending the embarassingly high amount of money that I did to ensure that I have enough of this whisky to last me... well a fairly long time? Bah, who needs money.... or wives.
Nose: corn, vanilla, new furniture woodiness, brown sugar, leather jacket. Hint of rye spice Has a nice bit of syrupiness. Lots going on here and it’s all quite nice. Sweetness, but not overbearing. I’m fairly taken with this nose.
Palate: Silky and soft texture. Pleasant oak and thanksgiving spices. Corn, Honey, cinnamon, alcoholic raisins, This is as if a dessert cake paired with a Starbucks latte (the latte flavor - caramel mixed with possibly a pump of the pumpkin spice... perhaps it’s just nutmeg?) decided to hug your tongue.
Finish: hmm. There’s something that reminds me of a fine cognac, bit of coconut, some oiliness is kicking in. Pleasant, lingering, tasty oak. I wish I could go out and lick some oak and find that it tasted this good.
I’m going to finish this like I’m going to finish.... a cheesecake. This is yummy. Shame on the producers for not wanting to bottle this anymore. I have a lot of questions for you. Number one, How dare you?