Elijah Craig 12 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey has a reputation for being a solid whiskey, distilled in small batches in charred oak casks. It's won several awards, and most people on various whiskey forums really like it. Also, with a price tag of CDN $39, it's not going to break the bank.
The dram is dark amber in color and has a spicy, earthy nose. It's very peppery and malty, with a harsh medicinal finish that burns on the way down.
Given all the praise, I had high expectations for this whiskey. However, after a few drinks, both neat and mixed into a manhattan and an old fashioned, I just don't get what all the fuss it about. Drinking this whiskey neat reminds me of a homemade remedy I once concocted, in order to deter a few stray cats that insisted on screwing outside my apartment window every night (i.e. dirt, cayenne pepper, and feline effluvium). It's not as bad when mixed into a cocktail, but it doesn't hold everything together well either.
Final Grade - 3 out of 10
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