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Monday, July 1, 2019

Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon Review

Welcome to the review of Elijah Craig Small Batch. Like last month with Cooper's Craft, this is my first time trying the Elijah Craig so I'm pretty excited.

For those unfamiliar, Elijah Craig was a baptist preacher who lived from 1738 to 1808 and is sometimes credited as the 'father of bourbon.' This has been widely disputed and debunked. Either way, it's a nice story and he was definitely a real person who distilled whiskey.

With that said, let's get started with the specifications.

Manufacturer: Heaven Hill

Age: 8-12 years

Location Produced: Heaven Hill Bernheim Distillery

Mash Bill: 78% corn, 10% rye, 12% barley

Aroma (from manufacturer): Delightfully complex with notes of vanilla bean, sweet fruit, and fresh mint

Taste (from manufacturer)Smooth and warm; pleasantly woody with accents of spice, smoke, and nutmeg

Finish (from manufacturer): Long, sweet, and slightly toasty

Alcohol: 47%

Who is this for?: Reverends, Fathers, Friars, People named Craig. Individuals looking for a reasonably priced bourbon.

Cost (Ohio): $27.99 + tax.

Let's start the review. 

Taste - Score 25 out of 35

On the nose, I picked up the traditional bourbon oak smell, as well as hints of fruit (banana) and a bit of smoke. Other reviewers picked up honey, toffee, and caramel.

On the taste, I picked up a lot of wood with a heavy smoke taste. Others picked up honey and vanilla and they felt it had a thinner feel on the mouth.

For me, the smoke was a bit much straight. However, when we added water, it became much more enjoyable.

Smoothness/Finish - Score 16 out of 25

Decently smooth with a Long Kentucky hug and with a floral/herbal. McMillianiare picked up spicy/fusel notes.

Intangibles: Color/Appearance - Score 12 out of 15

The color of the Elijah Craig small batch is what you would expect from a bourbon. A nice amber/brown color. In the comparison, it comes in darker than the High West as well as the Bulleit 12 year.

For the bottle, it's a very unique shape with a big cork. I like how it is different than every other bottle out there.

Availability - Score 5 out of 5

Very easy to find and readily available throughout Ohio. 

Overall Value - Score 13.5 out of 20

For my first experience with Elijah Craig, I found it to be a bit too smokey for my taste. However, when I cut it with water, it was much more approachable and I understand the appeal. At this price point, this has a lot of uniqueness and I could see buying this as a thank you or housewarming gift. It has a strong character and a nice appeal, it just isn't the bourbon that best fits my palate.

Final Score: 71.5 out of 100 - Some uniqueness and could be good in the right situation

Note: This review was done by Mark with help from McMillionaire. The bottle was purchased at Giant Eagle in beautiful, Grandview, Ohio.

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