Elijah Craig Small Batch

Bourbon

Elijah Craig // Kentucky, USA

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  1. David-Barnwell

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
  2. Cornmuse

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    This isn't my first taste of this by a long shot. It's my first in several years, however. Possibly my first since this lost an age statement. I'm not sure why I haven't kept a bottle in my circulation other than to say there are a lot of tastes to be experienced in one's lifetime and distractions happen. Tonight I'll correct this oversight. Tasted neat from a glencairn poured from a fresh bottle and allowed to rest for several minutes. The pour is deep amber. A swirl shows significant sheeting and small, slow tears running down to the bowl of the glass. Based on appearance alone I expect a rich mouthfeel. The nose is cherries, carmel, clove, and a Bananas Foster like rummy note. I get the slightest touch of oak and wood. What I'm not getting is any acetone or overt ethanol alcohol elements. This is a relatively benign 47% ABV and I like that I'm not getting that telltale "young" or "brash" note. Mouthfeel is as rich as the look suggested, with a nice creaminess. Cherries and apple are up front, along with a nice wave of what reminds me of sweet tapioca pudding. There's a nice touch of pepper at the back of the tongue and a warm, relatively quick finish that leaves a nice taste "trail". The finish is really the biggest weakness here. Similar to the sour departure of BT, this hits me with a slight bitter oak note. In a better bourbon this would be a deeper char/barrel note, but here its the give-away that this is a bit less refined. It's faint and I don't find it offensive at all in this price range. Like BT, EW, and a few others the distiller has hit a really nice balance point for an affordable whiskey. This is a super approachable, easy drinking bourbon. It's nicely complex without being demanding. Elijah Craig Small Batch deserves a spot on any bar with extra space for an inexpensive and agreeable tipple.
    29.99 USD per Bottle
  3. HillBillyRed

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    One of my favorites at this price point. Similar tasting notes to 4Roses Small Batch with a warm cinnamony finish.
  4. sspruill0314

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    Color: dark, man. Real dark. Nose: lots of oak, corn and a bit of cigar tobacco. Toffee and rye spice. Dried fruit. Extremely complex, and a lot going on. Palate: a LOT of oak. Perhaps a bit of maple syrup and walnut, or maybe malt. Lots of spice. A bit thin on the mouth feel, but overall very nice. Finish: short to middling, but definitely on the shorter side. Starts with heavy oak and works its way through a complex earthy finish, mostly leather.
  5. wilht

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
  6. PorkSteakDaddy

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    5.0 USD per Pour
  7. worth1121

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    Incredibly sweet, but beautiful flavor. The dessert wine of bourbons
  8. dbth17

    Tasted
    4.75
    4.75 out of 5 stars
    One of the smoothest bourbons I’ve had
  9. aoneatwo

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
  10. Dano193

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
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