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  1. #21
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    Re: BOTM 12/05: Elijah Craig 12yo

    There has been a lot of talk about bad bottles of Elijah Craig 12 yo. I don't know. Before my last bottle I would have said that was unlikely. However, I didn't enjoy my last bottle as much as I have earlier bottles. Nothing really wrong with it. No metallic taste. Just drier than I remember earlier bottles being. I thought my tastes might have changed a bit. I have been enjoying Elmer T Lee, which is much sweeter. Also, I have been enjoying many other Heaven Hill bourbons that are sweeter than their EC 12 with more prominent cookie spice as opposed to EC's menthol.

    Oh, I just remembered that the bottle of EC 12 I had while I was home in the States this summer seemed different to me than the bottles I had drunk in Japan. I don't remember how it was different. I thought it was different diet, different setting with different aromas in the atmosphere, etc. Again, it wasn't bad and the difference was fairly subtle.

    I finished off my open bottle last night and will open the new bottle this week. That should give me some idea if it was me or the bottle. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the last bottle, especially over the last couple of weeks.
    Ed

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    Re: BOTM 12/05: Elijah Craig 12yo

    I finished off my open bottle last night and will open the new bottle this week. That should give me some idea if it was me or the bottle.
    When I have a little left of a bottle of a whiskey other than a mass produced one, I like to open the new one before the old one is gone and compare them. This is especially instructive with single barrel bottlings, but small vattings like EC12 or Buffalo Trace can be fun, too. Usually, I can't tell a difference, but sometimes I can.

    Jeff

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    Re: BOTM 12/05: Elijah Craig 12yo

    I do that too. I can usually taste a difference between single barrels. I don't recall finding a significant difference between different bottles of batch bourbons. I had intended to do that with the last of the old EC and the new bottle, but I went to a little party at a friend's house and decided to take the last of the EC 12 with me rather than drink beer. I could have taken a different bourbon, but the EC called my name as I stood among the bottles. I will have to rely on memory, which means that I will have to get the new bottle open really soon.
    Ed

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    Re: BOTM 12/05: Elijah Craig 12yo

    I'm sitting here with a pour of EC 12 now. This has always been one of my favorite every occasion bourbons for quite some time. However the current bottle I have just doesn't seem to have everything I had in prior bottles. Up til now it has been consistently yummy but after several pours over several days, the taste is just not what I've come to expect. There isn't any mustiness or off flavors, more a LACK of flavors I have grown to love in this bottle. It's almost a third gone now so I have more "reflecting" to do on it. One bad experience out of three 750s and one 1.75 is still a good batting average though. I'll still buy this and recommend it to others as a great value for the dollar.

  5. #25
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    Re: BOTM 12/05: Elijah Craig 12yo

    I have had a couple of bottles of this and I too am in the camp of the unimpressed. Given that it is the BOTM and many folks who have fine taste like it, coupled with the fact that apparently it is going to disappear from the shelves around here soon means I will attempt to pick one up tonight. Hopefully I am not too late. Thank you once again PLCB for your infinite wisdom.

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    Re: BOTM 12/05: Elijah Craig 12yo

    Because I heard on here it is good I went and picked up a bottle. Certainly of the top shelf bourbons it is one of the least expensive. The bottle is also very nice. I paid 18.59 @ Gomer's here in Lenexa KS. My wife likes the bottle but is mad that I bought another bottle. She says I have to finish them all before getting another.

    I poured it into my glass straight and will say it smells good. It tastes good too!

    I don't know how to comment on a bourbon's quality yet. This is the highest end bourbon I think I have tried so far.

    Paul C.

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    Re: BOTM 12/05: Elijah Craig 12yo

    Show her some of the picts posted here. She should set "reasonable" goals for you to not exceed. Say 100 bottles To start with. And promise her only 4 of the first 100 will be over $80. It will make an odd $20 bottle seem most acceptable!

    Ken

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    Re: BOTM 12/05: Elijah Craig 12yo

    I remember my first "expensive" bourbon purchase: EWSB 1991 for around $24. Mind you this was back when Maker's could be found on sale for $13. Leslie was very dissapproving at the time. But now, some 200 or so bottles later, she doesn't even flinch at a $40 bottle, or a share of an entire barrel for that matter

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    Re: BOTM 12/05: Elijah Craig 12yo

    I compared it to Jim Beam Black and would say that the Elijah Craig has more flavor and is only 2.50 more a bottle.

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    Re: BOTM 12/05: Elijah Craig 12yo

    coupled with the fact that apparently it is going to disappear from the shelves around here soon means I will attempt to pick one up tonight. Hopefully I am not too late.
    Elijah Craig 12 y/o is still available in the 1.75 liter size in PA. It is on sale for $29.99.

 

 

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