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11 Jan 2014

Elijah Craig 12 Year Old (for The Nectar)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in * USA

Elijah Craig is a Kentucky straight bourbon produced by Heaven Hill distilleries (they also produce Bernheim Original among others). The Baptist minister Elijah Craig is credited for having invented the usage of new, charred casks for the maturation of bourbon whiskey.

This expression was bottled for The Nectar in Belgium.


Elijah Craig 12 years - The NectarElijah Craig 12 yo (47%, OB ‘full barrel’ for The Nectar 2013, 94 Proof)

Nose: a medium dry nose with lots of sawdust and a typical rye note. Nicely balanced with sweeter corn and pastry notes. A little orange marmalade. Almonds and raisins. Quite a lot of mint as well. Mouth: again on the dry side, lots of mint and eucalyptus at first (slightly medicinal hints even). A rye tingle again, with some leathery notes. Fresh, toasted oak. Vanilla and cinnamon, a little pepper too. Caramel and brown sugar, even a hint of coconut. Dried fruits and spiced honey. Finish: long, with a corn sweetness and some orange flavours alongside the lingering spices.

I’m not an American whiskey expert, but for me this has elements of classic bourbon and rye whiskey. It shows a drier, more oaky and spicy kind of style. Good sipping whiskey for the price. Around € 40.

Score: 84/100

Elijah Craig 12 Year Old (for The Nectar) 3 Ruben Luyten 2014-01-11
  • Troy

    I agree, not fantastic, but certainly sippable and worth having around for bourbon fans. It’s about 30 US dollars in the states, which makes it a steal of a bourbon. Great blog!



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