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  1. #21
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    Re: Elija Craig 12... what do you think?

    Quote Originally Posted by T Comp View Post
    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.
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    Re: Elija Craig 12... what do you think?

    Quote Originally Posted by CoMobourbon View Post
    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.

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    Re: Elija Craig 12... what do you think?

    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.

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    Re: Elija Craig 12... what do you think?

    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!
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    Re: Elija Craig 12... what do you think?

    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.

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    Re: Elija Craig 12... what do you think?

    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.
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    Re: Elija Craig 12... what do you think?

    My take is the same, not always the first rate but always a good choice, especially for the price.

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    Re: Elija Craig 12... what do you think?

    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.

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    Re: Elija Craig 12... what do you think?

    love it. it's one of the bottles i always have on hand and replenish before it's dry.
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    Re: Elija Craig 12... what do you think?

    Quote Originally Posted by ebo View Post
    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.

 

 

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