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    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?

    Joel

    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.

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    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 in Tasting about EC 18.
    Todd

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    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.
    Ed
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    Go Fighters!

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    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!
    "To secure peace is to prepare for war"

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    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!!

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    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.

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    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.
    -Dan

    Who stole the cork from my breakfast?

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    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.
    -Sam

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    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.
    John B

    "Drinking when we are not thirsty and making love at all seasons… that is all there is to distinguish us from other animals."

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    This may require further research...
    -Sam

 

 

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