Bourbon

Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon ~ 47% (Heaven Hill)

Review: Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon

Category: Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Origin: Heaven Hill Distillery

Bottling: Heaven Hill

ABV:  47%

Cost: £36.83 buy from Master of Malt

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What They Say:

Small Batch

The signature Bourbon bearing the name of Rev. Elijah Craig, a Bourbon pioneer who is credited with being the first distiller to age his whiskey in charred oak barrels.

Long before the term Small Batch even existed, our Master Distillers were hand-selecting just the right number of barrels to make Elijah Craig. This expertise and attention to detail give Elijah Craig Small Batch the right balance of rich flavor and full body. Each small batch carries a signature warm spice and subtle smoke flavor. A combination that belongs in any Bourbon fan’s regular rotation.

Color

Burnished copper

Nose

Delightfully complex with notes of vanilla bean, sweet fruit, and fresh mint

Taste

Smooth and warm; pleasantly woody with accents of spice, smoke, and nutmeg

Finish

Long, sweet, and slightly toasty

What I Say:

The replacement for the previous much-loved Elijah Craig 12 Years Old Small Batch Bourbon reportedly due to pressures on stock the 12 years old age statement was dropped, also the mention that a maximum 100 barrels per batch also?

Colour:

Copper bronze (12/20) medium-large tears leave thick legs

Nose:

Sweet, vanilla-rich, vanilla seed pod, caramel, some fruits, stewed apples, lemon citrus fruit and mint leaf

Taste:

Light & sweet, caramel or runny honey, vanilla, spiced cinnamon, nutmeg and white pepper, sweet corn grains, syrupy in texture with woody oak that becomes a little ascerbic and spirity

Finish:

Medium, drying oak wood, pepper spice and polished highland toffee

Overall:

Oddly we sampled this completely independently of the 12 year stock bottle that we are still nursing at home and came away much less impressed. I’m not sure how much batch variation there is but the previous bottling had much more depth and complexity and evidence of well-aged Bourbon present.

Score: 81/100

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