Price Point: $20 – $30 for 750 ML
Distiller: Heaven Hill Distillery
Bloggers are an interesting breed. In a perfect world, we would all be completely objective and just give our readers the facts. In the real world, we are entirely subjective, and are really only sharing our opinions.
When I began to see review after review giving high marks to Elijah Craig 12 Year Old, a bourbon that costs $25, I became a little skeptical. These reviews were beating out scores for bourbons at 2-3 times its price point. In my confusion, I just assumed nobody wanted to give it a low score only to be mocked by their peers. So I picked up a bottle of this very unassuming looking whiskey and gave it a try to see just how objective my fellow bloggers can be.
The nose on this one is oaky, with limited rye spice – just the way I like it! It seems very well-aged right from the get-go, which is surprising for such a cheap (price tag, not quality) whiskey.
This is a really tasty bourbon, with lots of vanilla and corn sweetness. Reminiscent of brands like Buffalo Trace and Eagle Rare in that they are all pretty straightforward bourbons.
The finish is smooth and slightly smoky; very satisfying. This is a good whiskey to sip on the porch on a summer evening.
Rating & Recommendations
I really enjoy Elijah Craig 12, and was pleasantly surprised to find a really nice bourbon for an out of this world price. I rate this stuff an 88 out of 100.
This bourbon is an excellent value – you are getting top-notch bourbon for a bottom-shelf price. Would absolutely buy again!