American Whiskey - Bourbon

Elijah Craig 12yr Barrel Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

From: Kentucky, United States Liquor Review Category: Bourbon American Whiskey

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San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015

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The Elijah Craig brand is named for the reputed "father of bourbon" Reverend Elijah Craig, who is (sometimes) credited with first using charred oak barrels to give bourbon whiskey its distinctive flavor and color. The Elijah Craig Single Barrel was first released in 2013 and is a "straight from the barrel" version of their 12yr bourbon.

In discussing the bourbon shortage of 2013, Anthony Dias Blue suggested Elijah Craig Barrel Proof as a new bourbon to try claiming, "It's smooth, spicy, rich with caramel and vanilla, and offers nutmeg, cinnamon and maple notes that deliver a nice long finish with no burn...

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This bottle has 5 ratings and 5 reviews.
Armadillo7 Armadillo7 (31)
Rating: 4.0 (2017-01-24)
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blaffey blaffey (5)
Rating: 4.0 (2015-08-18)
My first bourbon purchase in years. I did some research and found that this would be a great place to begin my bourbon pilgrimage. A very interesting bourbon, indeed. I found this really comes alive with a splash of water. Nose is heavy maple syrup, with some woodsy hints. Pretty medium mouthfeel, taste has some initial bite, I believe its the oak coming out. More maple and wood, and I pick up something resembling sweet cooked apples(?) not quite as smooth as I had hoped upon purchasing-I think I will seek a wheater with my next purchase to contrast. Good for the price, though.
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jaketaz jaketaz (226)
Rating: 4.0 (2014-10-02)
I recently went to the Bourbon Distiller's Annual Gala in Kentucky and tasted about 18 different bourbons and ryes in one night, all of which were single barrel, small batch, or extra aged. After getting through things like Maker's 46, Michter's 10yr Rye, Four Roses Single Barrel, Woodford, Knob, Parker's etc, this one definitely was one of the standouts. It tastes to me like the bourbon equivalent of Irish whisky, very sweet and favoring a maple cinnamon flavor rather than the more common vanilla caramel combo. Little if any smokiness, almost no harshness or afterburn, with apple notes and a hint of cocoa. A fine product, recommended for sipping, shockingly sweet and smooth for something of such high proof.
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StanMemTn StanMemTn (150)
Rating: 5.0 (2014-07-07)
Incredibly rich, sweet, spicy bourbon. Deep caramel, vanilla, cinnamon tones. Clouds up beautifully when poured over a bit of ice to open up the nose and tame the alcohol. Maybe the best bourbon I've had to date. I've had bottles of both the 18- and standard 12- year expressions of this whiskey and this blew both away even when water was added to bring the proof down. As amazing as the flavors were, the smoothness may be just as impressive of a feat.
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vinevine vinevine (1)
Rating: 5.0 (2013-12-13)
Outstanding. Great nose and smooth.
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