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Elijah Craig 12 Bourbon Review

Distiller: Heaven Hill. ABV: 47%. Age: 12 years. Mashbill: 75% corn, 12% rye, 13% malted barley. Price: $25-35.

It’s with a tear in my eye that I belatedly post this review on one of my standby house pours, the Elijah Craig 12-year-old. The distiller, Heaven Hill, has just confirmed (as of January 2016) what many of us long suspected: it’s discontinuing  the 12-year-old in favor of a no-age-statement version that will be a mix of juice from 8 to 12 years old.

In a world of supply crunches, skyrocketing prices, and vanishing age statements, the EC 12 has stood apart less in terms of taste than in terms of value and consistency. It’s got a classic, straight-down-the-middle Kentucky bourbon profile, warm and familiar as a favorite pair of slippers. The price has been right, the proof is just high enough for some oomph, and it’s right in the sweet spot for bourbon maturation.

Nose of s’mores, vanilla bean, and shoe leather.  Sweet, full, and warming palate with a creamy mouthfeel. A bit of the baking spice of a Wild Turkey, some toasty tobacco notes of a Buffalo Trace, and enough of the sweet corn goodness to hint at an Old Forester Birthday Bourbon. As well-rounded and satisfying as a $25-30 bourbon can be.

I feel like the EC 12 has never quite gotten its due from the enthusiast community, though I have no doubt it’s going to fly off the shelves now that we know it’s on the way out. Heaven Hill assures us the NAS won’t be far off in terms of profile–we’ll bring you a profile just as soon as we can–but we’re still sad to see this one go. Enjoy it while it lasts, friends! -BO

Buy Elijah Craig 12 Bourbon online at Mash + Grape

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Review (Batch 6)

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof. 70.1% ABV.  Mashbill: 75% corn, 13% rye, 12% barley. Price: $50-100 (if you can find it!)

Dumb luck that I ever scored this little monster. Crossed paths with Josh of The Whiskey Jug in K&L Wines Hollywood at the very moment the 3 bottles they’d just gotten in were carried out to the shelf.

This one’s from batch 6 — at 140.2 proof, I believe the highest they’ve ever released. Takes water well, to put it mildly. But try it with the least possible to start, then watch the flavors unfold as you go.

Baked ham. Tannery leather. Charred tobacco. Amazing. Cut slightly, it tastes like a cross between the Old Forrester Birthday Bourbon and a grilled filet mignon. Planning to make this bottle last a long time. Cheers, friends! – BO

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