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At only 12 years, Elijah Craig is one of the older bourbons offered at the LCBO. The nose offers no surprises: sweet and soft with notes of cherry, woodsmoke, and vegetal bitterness. With water a slightly pungent note emerges. I would describe it as a typical bourbon aroma but with less sharp notes that some younger whiskies.
The flavour matches the aroma but with a more pronounced sugary sweetness. The oak gives a bitter bite, more evident when an ice cube is added. In spite of its strength this whiskey goes down easy. There is a nice interplay between bitter and sweet, fruity and earthy, which balances things nicely.
The taste fades on a slightly sour note. Overall my impression is that this is not as challenging or rewarding as Knob Creek or Eagle Rare, but scores extra points for its drinkability.