View Full Version : Elijah Craig 12 Year - Wow!
On the recommendation of the group here I picked up some Elijah Craig 12 Year Old. First off, I was stunned at how cheap this was. I paid $15.99 for a 750ml. I was thrilled to find it for that, and at that price I will buy it again. I also picked up a bottle of Pappy Van Winkel, at the other end of the spectrum. That's for another time.
In short, I really like this Elijah Craig. It has a very rich flavor, with a nice sweet finish. I tried it neat first, and then on the rocks, my preferred style. On the rocks this drink really opens up and offers a wonderfuly collection of flavors and smells.
Thanks to all of you who recommended this bourbon!
I almost bought the 18 year ($30.99) but decided to stick with what was recommended. How is the 18 year?
PS - Yeah, the Pappy is fantastic, but I can't afford to drink that all that often (nor will I remain married if I were to try...), so it's going to stay in the cabinet for special occasions. The rest of the time I will bounce between the Elijah Craig, Maker's Mark and Elmer T. Lee.
I think your in for shock with the EC 18. For me it was nothing like the 12 at all, the extra 6 years makes it a different Bourbon. Check out the post here (http://WWW.Straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads-6.5/showthread.php?t=5102) in Tasting about EC 18.
As others have noted, I don't really think of these two bourbons as being, well, siblings. They are entirely different animals. Both are excellent, IMHO.
I tied EC12YO for the first time yesterday, and like you was impressed. I think it tastes it's best over ice. Very smooth..... I like it alot!
Wow was the 1st word across my lips on the two seperate occasions I tried this forum fave.
I seriously don't think there will be a 3rd time. YUK!!
I like it on the rocks. I try to keep a bourbon around to have on ice, since my mood often calls for it. Good bourbon, great price.
The 12yo is not my favorite, but a lot of people seem to like it. The 18yo is like an entirely different bourbon - much woodier, more astringent. I'm not real fond of either, actually.
Bump. This bourbon came up in a couple of threads recently, and I picked up a bottle yesterday. Had a little, neat, uncut last night, and I think this may now be my favorite "budget bourbon." I love the sweet finish with the more matured flavor, and enough bite to remind you that it's bourbon. The classic Heaven Hill flavor profile remains a favorite for me.
Clearly this is not a bourbon for everyone, but I think it's one everyone should try. If you like it, it's a steal.
I agree, when its good its very good and a terrrific value.
My issue is the variability from bottle to bottle... the taste profile seems to vary considerably.
This may require further research...
In my bourbon cabinet there is one bottle that does not have a back up bottle behind it, and most likely will remain that way. Oddly enough while the other bottles I tend to have an evaporation problem with (the level always seems to go down), I have no such problem with my one, lone, non-evaporating Elijah Craig 12yo.
While I try to keep an open mind about selections, this is stretching my boundaries a little bit further than I want to be stretched. I will try it again periodically, very periodically. For years I didn't like the hot mustard you get at Chinese restaurants. But every year, once a year, I'd try it just to make sure. Low and behold one year I decided all of a sudden I liked it.
I have more hope for Chinese mustard though than I do Elijah Craig 12yo.
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