Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon
- USA, 750ml
A fine award winning Kentucky bourbon by Elijah Craig. On the nose, delightfully complex with notes of vanilla bean, sweet fruit, and fresh mint. To taste, smooth and warm, pleasantly woody with accents of spice, smoke, and nutmeg. To finish, long, sweet and slightly toasty.
- Type: Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey - Small Batch
- Region: Kentucky, USA
- Alcohol: 47%
- Volume: 750ml
Goes with: Neat or over ice
Elijah Craig has long been a favourite bourbon of many whiskey enthusiasts - to the point where their stocks of 12 year old bourbon have been under a lot of pressure. The producers made the decision to discontinue the 12 Year Old expression and create this expression to take its place. It manages to maintain the incredibly high quality that Elijah Craig is known for, including the delicious core of cooked apple drizzled in honey notes. This expression has been well received, taking home not one but two San Francisco World Spirits Competition Double Gold medals!
Elijah Craig, owned by the brilliant Heaven Hill, is one of the most well-known bourbon brands around the world. The name itself harks back to Reverend Elijah Craig, whom has been said to be the inventor of bourbon as we known it. Bourbon (as we know it) must be matured in new, charred oak casks. Many people claim that the first documented case of this happening was at Craig’s distillery around 1789. Some people say there was a fire, some barrels got charred, Craig used the barrels anyway and found that he enjoyed the impact the charred casks had on the whiskey. Like a lot of great discoveries, bourbon might have been an accident.
The Life & Legacy of Elijah Craig
Reverend Elijah Craig was a Baptist preacher, an educator, and an entrepreneur who built the first paper and wool mills in Georgetown, Kentucky. But for all his talents, it was his gift as a distiller and an innovator that made him truly great.
In 1789, Elijah Craig became the first distiller to age his whiskey in new charred oak barrels. Some claim that an accidental fire charred his barrels and changed the whiskey inside. Others say he stored his whiskey in former sugar barrels and was impressed with how charring improved the flavour.
However it happened, Elijah Craig knew he had discovered something great. He continued to refine the barrel charring process, imparting smooth, rich flavour to the spirit that would become known as Bourbon. 250 years later, he is still known as the Father of Bourbon—and we craft our Bourbon today using the same time-honoured methods.
"From our award-winning Small Batch Bourbons to our first-ever Straight Rye Whiskey, our Master Distillers remain committed to honouring Elijah's innovative spirit. Discover the Greatness Within Toasted Barrel: our newest expression finished in custom toasted barrels for added sweet oak complexity. We think the Reverend Elijah Craig would approve." Heaven Hill
- Double Gold & 96 Points - 2020 New York International Spirits Competition
- Gold - 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
- 93/100 Points - 2020 Ultimate Spirits Challenge - Tried & True Award
- Double Gold - 2019 Consumer's Choice SIP Awards
- Gold - 2019 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
- Gold - 2019 WSWA Spirits Tasting Competition
- Silver - 2019 International Spirits Challenge - Straight Bourbon 10YO & Under
- 94/100 Points - 2020 Ultimate Spirits Challenge
- Double Gold - 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
- Double Gold - 2016 WSWA Spirits Tasting Competition
- Gold - 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
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