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ELIJAH CRAIG 12 YEAR OLD 1841 Barrel Proof 67,8%

Bourbon, United States / Kentucky, 70cl, Ref: 18940A

Very accessible despite its intimidating character, Elijah Craig 12 Year Old Batch 1 is remarkably rich and complex. A bourbon that not only impressed but also bluffed those who were lucky enough to taste it. This year, with a second offering just as enticing, the saga continues with this new version that is indisputably rich and powerful.

Profile: powerful, fresh. Notes of fruit (blackcurrant, blackberry, blueberry, citrus fruits), aromatic plants (vervain, lime blossom) and spices (cinnamon, nutmeg). Caramel and dark chocolate aromas.

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  • Fruity
  • Iodized
  • Floral
  • Spicy
  • Woody
  • Unpeated

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Tasting note

  • Nose : deep, powerful. A delicate note of salted butter caramel scattered with dark fruit (blackcurrant, blackberry, blueberry) dominate the initial nose. Develops into aromatic plants (vervain, lime blossom), spices (cinnamon, nutmeg), dark chocolate and candied fruit (apricot, peach). Citrus fruits (lime, grapefruit) lend it a beautifully fresh aspect.
  • Palate : lively, dynamic. Just like the first version, a superior spirit puts this whiskey in a league of its own. With a remarkably fine expression, it opens on spices (paprika) and heady florals (rose, lily). The mid-palate softens on to notes of bourbon vanilla and toffee. It gradually becomes increasingly exotic (mango, persimmon).
  • Overall : long, elegant. Its gorgeous fruity flavours evoke marmalade, apricot flans and even strawberry tart. Balsamic (oak, eucalyptus), it lingers with cocoa beans and fresh tobacco. The retro-olfaction is ashy and slightly scorched while the empty glass is brimming with dark and exotic fruit.
The brand

The brand

Elijah Craig is part of a small series of American whiskies whose brands, created by the Heaven Hill company, pay tribute to the historic pioneers of bourbon. Elijah Craig was an American reverend with Scottish origins who was often claimed to have been the inventor of bourbon and began producing whisky as early as 1795. The range consists of two main products: Elijah Craig 12 Year Old Small Batch (a blend of at least 100 casks) and, since 1995, Elijah Craig 18 Year Old Single Barrel - both of which are much loved by connoisseurs and often awarded prizes at competitions. The range also includes, on very rare occasions, one-off bottlings, such as the 20 year old single barrel released in 2011.


The distillery

America's largest family-owned and operated distilled spirits producer and marketer, Heaven Hill Brands has grown beyond its traditional roots as a Bourbon distiller to become the country's seventh largest overall distilled spirits producer and marketer with a portfolio of well-known, innovative and relevant products. Heaven Hill remains the world's second largest holder of Bourbon Whiskey and produces some of the most successful distilled spirits brands in the U.S.
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