Tour de Bourbon Day 11: Elijah Craig

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Nearing the halfway mark, we have Elijah Craig 12 Year Old, a “Straight Bourbon Whiskey” that’s 47% alcohol. 2015-12-11 Elijah Craig 12

Just this morning, my friend Jeff Hovendon was wondering if Elijah Craig might be in the offing. The answer, clearly (and happily) is yes.


It’s a lovely amber color, with a nose that Christina describes as “warm” and I have to agree. It has a quite pleasant burn in the mouth and on the lips, and a lingering tingly almost burning quality like cinnamon (although it doesn’t taste like cinnamon) or some varieties of nuts – pecans or walnuts. There’s a bit of toffee in the nose and finish as it warms up. Or as I warm up, maybe.

Rev. Elijah Craig is credited by some with inventing Kentucky Bourbon by aging his corn liquor in charred oak casks. I’ll raise this glass of his namesake whiskey to him in honor of that invention.

Three stars.

The updated rankings:

  1. Blanton’s Gold Edition
  2. Bulleit
  3. Elijah Craig
  4. Evan Williams
  5. FEW
  6. Booker’s 7 Year
  7. Four Roses
  8. Michter’s
  9. Roughstock Montana
  10. Old Forester
  11. Smooth Ambler Contradiction

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