Surprisingly light and delicate on the nose, some grass, mint, citrus and vanilla with just a touch of cocoa. Toffee, malt and rye in the mouth, a touch of dried fruit, spice and burnt sugar with a long complex finish. “It is a bourbon of almost unfathomable depth and has something for everyone. Brilliant.” Jim Murray
Elijah Craig 12-year-old is a true Small Batch premium Bourbon, and had that distinction before the term even existed.
Bottled exclusively from a dumping of 100 barrels or less, the brand carries the name of Rev. Elijah Craig, the Baptist minister widely considered the "Father of Bourbon." He discovered the method of making true Kentucky Bourbon when his stored his wares in barrels that had been charred in a fire.
Elijah Craig is highly acclaimed - it was awarded "Best of the Best Bourbon" in 2001 by Whisky Magazine and received a Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Whiskey expert Stuart MacLean Ramsay writes, "Rich, full bodied and warming with sweet oak, caramel and rye flavors; thick finish with notes of licorice and vanilla."
Michael Jackson, Whisky Magazine writes, "Nose: Real bourbon vanilla, with a touch of candy-store sweetness. Palate: Firm, malty, sweet. Some malty fruitiness (apricot). A suggestion of cilantro. Finish: Licorice. Rooty. Comments: Less structured than might be expected in a 12-year-old, but a perilously drinkable, appetizing bourbon. Rating 7 "