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Review: Elijah Craig - Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Elijah Craig is marketed as a premium bourbon whiskey on the market. Elijah Craig has the dubious distinction of being named the father of bourbon, which continues to be popularized through their advertising campaigns. Founded in Kentucky, the Heaven Hills Distilleries has been producing bourbon since 1789.

The Basics

  • ABV: 47%

  • Cask: New American Oak

  • Nose: Vanilla bean, sweet fruit, and fresh mint

  • Taste: Smooth and warm; pleasantly woody with accents of spice, smoke, and nutmeg

  • Finish: Long, sweet, and slightly toasty


Elijah Craig - Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Chris' Opinion: At a recent tasting I was really excited to try this based on reviews and conversations with people who've had a sample of this in the past. I will say that the cult following this has isn't without merit, but I did find myself looking over at the Wild Turkey 101 thinking that for half the price, it gives this a run for its money. I definitely got the vanilla, and the fruit, but not the mint on the nose. It was smooth, but the woody spice had me reaching for a splash of water to tone it down for the second sip. The finish was long, hot, but right at the end it had a great burst of sweet.

Dan's Opinion: I am a Bourbon guy, this bourbon in my opinion is smooth, rich, with a strong vanilla for me. I enjoyed it but in a simple, clean and smooth kinda experience. I don't get the hot Chris does, But for the price there are a number of bourbons out there that provide a little more depth. It was great to pair with a strong cigar, but overall I was slightly disappointed.

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