Wife and daughter gone for the night. Prepping to paint nursery (Star Wars theme!) for baby boy’s arrival. Needed some Elijah Craig 18 Year to keep my focused since I’d much rather be building my new Lego Hogwarts Castle that arrived today.
Usually not my cup of tea, as I find it too sweet. It is often the rye content that ruins bourbon for me. Elijah Craig 12 (this is the inbetweener before the NAS Small Batch) has surprised me. Absolutely delicious stuff. I've heard people rave about the cask strength version which I would very much like to find in my country! I got this bottle for just €30,- which is dirt cheap if you ask me. I'm wondering which other bourbons might sway me some more.. any suggestions? :)
Picture by my wife @foodfromclaudnine
Enjoying this Elijah Craig, 12 year old, rear label age statement, small batch, Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. 94 proof.
What a tasty dram. Loads of vanilla, caramel, creamy mouth feel. What a fantastic pour. Missing this, but enjoying what I have left in the bunker. Just an outstanding pour.
Heaven Hill goodness at its best. Wow, just wow. Drinking this neat. No other way to enjoy this. Blessed to have a few more in the bunker.
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Did you know I have a “signature” drink? “The Jackal”! This came about when celebrating the completion of my thesis, my supervisor decided he needed to think up the “most metal” drink (since I had a tendency to “out metal” the guys in the music lab with my taste in drinks). He came up with 2oz @jagermeister and 2oz bourbon on ice. @elijahcraig is my favourite.
The drawing is a caricature of myself in my permanent state of exhaustion.
Almost finished with #centralwineandspirits remodel. Down to the little details and cleaning the place up for our customer appreciation day Saturday August 25th. Here is a sneak peek of a few things we will be doing. 25% off cases of wine, free BBQ (sponsored by our very own Central smoke shop), and some hard to get bourbons will be released. Some lucky customers will have the opportunity to buy #blantonsbourbon , #colonelehtaylor 4 grain, #elijahcraig barrel proof just to name a few. Stay tuned for more info to come. #coolliquorstore#whiskey#bourbon#wine
Factoring price and availability, the McKenna is tough to beat. This particular Elijah Craig Barrel Select is an 11 year and quite delicious. The Elmer T Lee is coveted and I did not pay retail but I enjoy the hell out of it. The ETL is my favorite out of the bunch so I guess in my mind it’s worth the extra scratch. But I do love the guiltless pleasure of ripping through affordable and easy to find bottles.
Peel to Reveal Mystery
2 oz neat in a Glencairn, rested 5 minutes. Reasonably dark.
Nose: My very first thought was rum, but let's instead say it smells like bourbon. Vanilla, caramel, and a cold spiciness. High rye bourbon.
Palate: Sure tastes like American whiskey, anyway. High rye indeed. Sweet caramel I think there's still a decent amount of corn in there - could be Turkey, or a Four Roses OB recipe.
Finish: Almost sour, kind of watery
I think the proof is mid-forties. Seems on the lower end anyway. And that's messing with my sense of this thing's age. Maybe 6-8 years.
As far as a specific distillery - I'm going to take back what I said before, I don't think it's WT or 4R. Maybe it's a 1792? My assessment - this is not something I'd buy these days. Or if I did, I probably wouldn't feel great about it. 72/100
Alright, reveal time... Elijah Craig Small Batch - Loch & K(e)y - so 47% ABV
Hm. How about that. I had one other Loch & K(e)y pick awhile ago, a Glentauchers. I liked that more than this, though that was also proof down considerably. Interesting that this seemed so rye heavy to me, as they apparently use 10% rye. Well, there you have it.
Have you had this dram? I'd love to know your thoughts!
Happy Whiskey Review Wednesday! This week we are taking a look at Elijah Craig Small Batch. This was formerly Elijah Craig 12 year, but they moved to a no age statement. It’s now a mix of 8 and 12 year old Elijah Craig with around 200 barrels a batch. A big shout out to @thebottlehousesd where I picked up this bottle. They are my go to in San Diego when I need something specific because they have such a huge selection. I previously found my Colonel EH Taylor Four Grain there. On to the review:
Whiskey Name: Elijah Craig Small Batch
Distiller: Heaven Hill Distillery
Age: No Age Statement (but we know it’s a mix of 8 and 12 year old )
Mash bill: 75% corn, 13% rye, and 12% malted barley
Origin/Region: Bardstown, Kentucky
Color: Dark honey. It’s a very rich color that shows its been in oak barrels. Or it’s got added coloring.
Nose: Lots of corn, vanilla, and dark fruits. Ground nutmeg, mint, and tobacco on the back end.
Palate: Corn with moderate sweetness from the first taste. I also get hints of clove, cinnamon and allspice upfront. I taste some caramel, vanilla, butterscotch, and apple after a second sip. The whiskey has a very slight oily mouth feel which isn’t bad, but I wish it stuck around longer. Adding water lightens up the punch a little bit, but it’s not really needed because the low rye content doesn’t lend a lot of spice.
Finish: The flavors fade off pretty quick with only a slight bitter linger. It starts off with some oak, transitions to dark fruits, and then ends with some nutmeg.
Overall Rating: 85
This is a decent bottle for its price point. If you like this, you will probably like Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, and Four Roses which are around the same price range. (Four Roses is my personal favorite !)
Fun Fact: The bottle says 1789 because that is when Reverend Elijah Craig started his distillery. The story goes that Reverend Elijah Craig was a moonshiner back in the day, but there was a fire at his facility. Some of the barrels he used were charred from the fire so he decided to try aging the moonshine in them and made bourbon. What do you guys think of this story? Is it true?
Man this is just a beauty. This bottle is about 125 proof which is a little lower for the barrel proofs that I've seen. But it's rich, full of flavor, and super hot. Just wonderful. Not quite the status of Stagg jr. but a solid 4 star bottle #whiskey#bourbon#elijahcraig#barrelproof#snallbatch