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Elijah Craig 12 Year Old

Classy little Bourbon-US Mortlach

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@mattbergReview by @mattberg

4th Aug 2011


Elijah Craig 12 Year Old
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The only other Bourbon I have tried is JD (sometime ago now) and although I have been on a Malt Whisky adventure for a couple of years, I don't consider myself well versed in US Whisky.

This is a really interesting offering, at first I tried a couple of measures neat, the first and overriding impression was real freshness: on the nose I smelt something undefined like luxury cologne with pines, apricots, limes, spicy-burnt oranges followed by a rich oily coating of the palate.

With water a fresh oakiness comes out but the nose is still this luxury cologne, with leather and vanilla, smoother oil on the palate with tobacco, bitter oranges and parchment.

For me better neat though.

On the palate this reminds me of a independent bottling I had of Mortlach recently: oily delicate and spicy. On the nose this is truly unique, an extraordinary blend of musk, limes and tobacco.

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