Today I’m reviewing the notoriously delicious Elijah Craig 12yr Small Batch Bourbon from Heaven Hill Distilleries. Some backstory on this bottle; in Canada, bourbons that aren’t produced by Jim Beam or Jack Daniel tends to be harder to come by, with such a short supply prices tend to be higher than the original retail price. I really had to search quite a bit for this bottle. As an example, I came across a bottle that was priced at $70CAD. Thankfully I found a store that didn’t gouge their patrons. In any case, Elijah Craig is a popular bourbon on forums and Reddit with above average reviews. Personally my palate tends to favour the sweet side of any whiskey, and based on what I’ve read online this one promises to be a good one.
Type: Kentucky Bourbon
Presentation: Neat in a Canadian Glencairn glass. Gave it about 10 minutes to breath.
Nose: I was surprised that the nose took quite a bit of time to open up. Once it did, I noticed confectionary powdered sugar, maple, vanilla and toffee. Not sure what Jim Murray was raving about in his review when he said that the nose was the “most complete” he has sampled. For me the nose was great but not life changing. 20/25
Palate: Melted butter and oily sweetness covers your whole mouth, in a good way. The sweetness is there but isn’t over the top. Then the taste gradually transitions to some spicy notes. Powdered sugar after taste is noticeable all the way through, almost like birthday cake icing. 22/25
Finish: Medium and warm which I wish was longer. Powdered sugar lingers in your mouth. For me, the finish is where this bourbon is lacking. It ends a bit too short, I would have expected more from 47% ABV. 19/25
Personally Elijah Craig Small Batch has been on my wish list for quite some time. I’ve been anticipating this one for so long, so my expectations were probably pretty high. With that being said, Elijah Craig Small Batch is a great bourbon. I could see myself adding an ice cube of two to a tumbler as a drink for the summer months. I highly recommend anyone to try this bourbon. This bottle will always have a spot in my cabinet. 22/25
Buy? Try? Or Avoid?: Buy!