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Alden
04-13-2013, 17:53
So, I've been reading here, and elsewhere, about this one, and it's intriguing. Sounds very good.

What is your opinion of the current bottling of the 12 y.o.?

justataste
04-13-2013, 17:59
I like EC12 pretty well. The EC12 BP not so much.......

Alden
04-13-2013, 18:01
I like EC12 pretty well. The EC12 BP not so much.......

BP -- is that Barrel Proof?

tylermke
04-13-2013, 18:06
BP -- is that Barrel Proof?

Yep, BP is the Barrel Proof expression.

justataste
04-13-2013, 18:09
Yes Barrel proof. I wasn't sure about which you were asking. Regular EC12 is nice on a single cube and has a larger flavor profile than something like 1792. At least I think so.

Alden
04-13-2013, 18:15
Yep, BP is the Barrel Proof expression.

What is the alcohol content of each expression?

squire
04-13-2013, 18:19
Regular Elijah Craig 12 is 94 proof.

Alden
04-13-2013, 18:26
Regular Elijah Craig 12 is 94 proof.

Thank you Squire.

savagehenry
04-13-2013, 18:42
For $23 I feel I can't go wrong with a bottle of EC12.
12 year whiskey for that price is a great value.
Michter's 10 year is $80 for f&@k sake.

Grain Belt
04-13-2013, 18:50
Just got a fun email from Heaven Hill. They are sending out free stick-on labels for EC12 if you are a part of the Bardstown Whiskey Society. They fit right over the existing label of your bottle of EC12 and they allow you to have three lines of custom print. I put "2013 Deer Season, For the Enjoyment of, B. Gross" I hunt with my uncle Bernie, my dad Bruce, and I am Brett. We all enjoy EC12 very much. I sent a 1.75 of it to my dad for his birthday. I can't wait to be telling tall tales at our deer shack during opener and then pull out the custom label bottle after our first day out. This extra effort by Heaven Hill makes me feel really good about sending my money their way.

tigerlam92
04-13-2013, 18:52
Try both and see which you like. Bourbon is very subjective. I for one and many others love the ECBP which I just purchased and started drinking it right away.

Prior to this ECBP, I had the EC18 many years ago and it was good. I actually would not have try the EC12 but from all the discussion on the ECBP, I had to try it and it is wowing me!

You can probably find tasting notes here and see if you would like it base on what people have experienced. I do that often on things I have not try, reading people's tasting notes.

Cheers
Hugh

Alden
04-13-2013, 18:53
Just got a fun email from Heaven Hill. They are sending out free stick-on labels for EC12 if you are a part of the Bardstown Whiskey Society. They fit right over the existing label of your bottle of EC12 and they allow you to have three lines of custom print. I put "2013 Deer Season, For the Enjoyment of, B. Gross" I hunt with my uncle Bernie, my dad Bruce, and I am Brett. We all enjoy EC12 very much. I sent a 1.75 of it to my dad for his birthday. I can't wait to be telling tall tales at our deer shack during opener and then pull out the custom label bottle after our first day out. This extra effort by Heaven Hill makes me feel really good about sending my money their way.

Wow that is really cool! I'm thinking of looking for this my next trip to the big store here.

RocknRoll
04-13-2013, 19:01
For $23 I feel I can't go wrong with a bottle of EC12.
12 year whiskey for that price is a great value.All that and it's pretty good too. I think so anyways. One of my favorites and I always have some on hand.

SMOWK
04-13-2013, 19:04
I had a glass of EC12 today. It's a nice bourbon. A little added oak to the usual HH profile. I have yet to try ECBP.

The best way to drink EC12 is by the glassful on a certain porch in Kentucky.

callmeox
04-13-2013, 19:05
I think it's well worth the price and another bottling with a very low barrier to trying it out.

WAINWRIGHT
04-13-2013, 20:29
I enjoy EC12 from time to time when I have a taste for a sweet bourbon and at around $25 for 12yr juice it's a good bargain as well.

Borchard
04-13-2013, 20:58
So, I've been reading here, and elsewhere, about this one, and it's intriguing. Sounds very good.

What is your opinion of the current bottling of the 12 y.o.?
One of my favorite bourbons

ramblinman
04-13-2013, 21:42
As I and others have mentioned in other threads there is quite a bit of variations between bottles, but I haven't had a bad one. I've enjoyed the few bottles of it that I've had, but one was just exceptional where everything came together in a great balance, perfect wood, spice, etc.

As for the BP, I'm still trying to figure it out. I tend to eat and drink very seasonally for whatever reason the flavors brought out by the higher proof seem like something I'll enjoy more when colder weather swings back around. It's good stuff though and enjoying it as full proof is a nice throttle for doing any sort of contemplation.

That said, hell its at most $25 to try. A great gateway to more aged bourbons.

Alden
04-14-2013, 06:08
I think it's well worth the price and another bottling with a very low barrier to trying it out.

It sells for around $28 - 29.00 here. It seems prices in FL are just a bit higher than most other places.

T Comp
04-14-2013, 08:38
For $23 I feel I can't go wrong with a bottle of EC12.
12 year whiskey for that price is a great value.
Michter's 10 year is $80 for f&@k sake.

If you can get it for $23 you can't go wrong...$31.99 here. The Party Source price on their sold out unchill filtered was $25.99 and that was some good whiskey.

As to Alden's original question, historically EC 12 is probably the most polarizing major brand of bourbon in terms of like or dislike. The dislikes often describe a metallic taste. I get a bit of a mediciney-band aid smell, not so much on taste, that I chalk up to HH house style along with the delicious ripe stone fruit also part of the HH house style.

CoMobourbon
04-14-2013, 08:43
If you can get it for $23 you can't go wrong...$31.99 here. The Party Source price on their sold out unchill filtered was $25.99 and that was some good whiskey.

As to Alden's original question, historically EC 12 is probably the most polarizing major brand of bourbon in terms of like or dislike. The dislikes often describe a metallic taste. I get a bit of a mediciney-band aid smell, not so much on taste, that I chalk up to HH house style along with the delicious ripe stone fruit also part of the HH house style.

I would echo the general consensus and also affirm this side-note. There is (what I would describe as) an astringency to EC12 that is very controversial, but personally I like it just fine. Overall, excellent quality and distinctive flavor for about $25-$28, IMHO.

JPBoston
04-14-2013, 10:13
I would echo the general consensus and also affirm this side-note. There is (what I would describe as) an astringency to EC12 that is very controversial, but personally I like it just fine. Overall, excellent quality and distinctive flavor for about $25-$28, IMHO.

Agreed. I've only purchased one bottle myself, so I'm far from an expert, but I remember an astringent/bitter finish that improved after the bottle had been opened for a few weeks.

That said, it had a very cool chocolate hint that I miss and keep meaning to come back to.

Enoch
04-14-2013, 13:22
I think the current bottling taste a lot like some EW 10 year which I can still pick up at about $14 a bottle so I will stick to it. I have several bottles of EC12 from 1986 that I think has a very different taste profile from the current stuff which I prefer.

Barrel_Proof
04-14-2013, 14:00
EC 12 was one of the first bourbons I encountered when I rediscovered bourbon a decade and a half ago. I have not found any of the eponymous (B_P) bottling, however, so am hoping someone in Bardstown next week will share!

Grain Belt
04-14-2013, 14:42
For a number of years there was a store in my area that sold EC12 for 16.99. I bought it for years and then just started to take it for granted. Then one day it was 25.99.

Flyfish
04-14-2013, 15:14
Just spent a lovely two hours with EC12. Have been drinking it for years. Sometimes the flavor profile drifted a little but it has been a long time since I have been disappointed.

squire
04-14-2013, 16:01
My take is the same, not always the first rate but always a good choice, especially for the price.

ebo
04-14-2013, 18:18
I couldn't find EC12 for a while. A new store opened a couple of weeks ago and they have it. I bought a bottle since it has always been a favorite. This is the first time I have had a bottle that I didn't think was very good. It's very woody and almost has a bitter taste. I hope my taster was just off. I'll give it another try this evening.

omgmarclol
04-14-2013, 18:33
love it. it's one of the bottles i always have on hand and replenish before it's dry.

JPBoston
04-14-2013, 18:48
I couldn't find EC12 for a while. A new store opened a couple of weeks ago and they have it. I bought a bottle since it has always been a favorite. This is the first time I have had a bottle that I didn't think was very good. It's very woody and almost has a bitter taste. I hope my taster was just off. I'll give it another try this evening.

Give it about 2 weeks now that the bottle has been opened... I had the exact same taste, but it improved noticeably after getting some air.

Richnimrod
04-14-2013, 18:54
Just got a fun email from Heaven Hill. They are sending out free stick-on labels for EC12 if you are a part of the Bardstown Whiskey Society. They fit right over the existing label of your bottle of EC12 and they allow you to have three lines of custom print. I put "2013 Deer Season, For the Enjoyment of, B. Gross" I hunt with my uncle Bernie, my dad Bruce, and I am Brett. We all enjoy EC12 very much. I sent a 1.75 of it to my dad for his birthday. I can't wait to be telling tall tales at our deer shack during opener and then pull out the custom label bottle after our first day out. This extra effort by Heaven Hill makes me feel really good about sending my money their way.

Just curious.... I too, am a deer hunter (with my son-in-law). Where do you hunt??? We hunt in Montmorency County, Michigan.

Grain Belt
04-15-2013, 09:30
I hunt deer in two locations in Minnesota. One is deep woods hunting in northeastern St. Louis County about 15 miles from the Canadian border. The other is in the corn/soybean belt of Southwestern Minnesota in Jackson county, about 40 miles from the Iowa border.

Gentleman Racer
04-15-2013, 11:22
So, I've been reading here, and elsewhere, about this one, and it's intriguing. Sounds very good.

What is your opinion of the current bottling of the 12 y.o.?

Love EC12. In my opinion, the best quality/dollar in the bourbon world, and better than many that are twice the price.

Richnimrod
04-15-2013, 17:55
I hunt deer in two locations in Minnesota. One is deep woods hunting in northeastern St. Louis County about 15 miles from the Canadian border. The other is in the corn/soybean belt of Southwestern Minnesota in Jackson county, about 40 miles from the Iowa border.
The deep woods is always my FAV! I like the solitude and the opportunity to use one of my rifles rather than the shotgun limitation imposed in Michigan farm country. Smaller antlers in the woods, but a more satisfying experience. In either case the 'afterglow' of some wonderful camp nights is fabulous either way, right? Especially if somebody has a cause to celebrate... always with some fine bourbon at our camps! :rolleyes: GOOD LUCK next season!

ChainWhip
04-15-2013, 20:47
Love the deep woods too on my mountain bike too! Though, maybe it's time to remove the jackalope antlers from the helmet =O

I enjoy EC12 and have been lucky in that I've not experienced a bottle from a bad batch yet.

White Dog
04-16-2013, 16:27
I mostly like EC12, but on certain days the flavor profile seems to be a bit hard to pin down, if that makes any sense.

And as for hunting, I prefer stores that have been standing for at least 20 years, in neighborhoods that have been on the decline for just as long. I love staring down my prey through hazy, bullet-proof glass, as a clueless clerk keeps asking me if I need help.

HighInTheMtns
04-16-2013, 16:39
BTW, it's spelled "Elijah." Look at the title of the thread.

Sorry Alden, had to do it ;)

MyOldKyDram
04-16-2013, 16:42
It's like a cross between Elijah and Ouija. The Reverend would not approve.

Alden
04-16-2013, 18:51
BTW, it's spelled "Elijah." Look at the title of the thread.

Sorry Alden, had to do it ;)

That's OK. I deserved it. :)

I just got back from the booze superstore with a bottle of WT rye. I saw some bottles of Elija(h) Craig 12 for $26.

That will be my next acquisition; I can feel it in me bones. Aaarrr.

HighInTheMtns
04-16-2013, 20:58
That's OK. I deserved it. :)

I just got back from the booze superstore with a bottle of WT rye. I saw some bottles of Elija(h) Craig 12 for $26.

That will be my next acquisition; I can feel it in me bones. Aaarrr.
I support you in your their/they're post. And in your decision to buy some Elijah Craig.

black mamba
04-17-2013, 22:46
Love EC12. In my opinion, the best quality/dollar in the bourbon world, and better than many that are twice the price.

This is exactly what I was going to say. I just bought another bottle 2 days ago, and it's still superb. It doesn't hurt that my friend's store has it for $23, and I get 10% off. If I could only have one bourbon for the rest of my life, this would be it.