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Overall rating
82.06/100
votes
217
Category
Bourbon
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
New American White Oak
Strength
47.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
240-3429
Barcode
40624402
Added on
04 Sep 2010 1:37 pm
Uncolored

Average value

€ 69,20

16 × in wishlist

217 × member ratings

501 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Elijah Craig 12-year-old

32 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.06 points

  1. Fred Labosch scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Ever since the change of labels from the complete elliptic one to the newer one with the straight line at the bottom, this bourbon has changed quite a bit. It probably has to do with the fact that this instance happened just around the time when the first barrel proof expressions from Elijah Craig 12yo hit the shelves, as there was obviously more money to make than with this standard 12yo expression.
    And it feels, and not just a bit, as this later bottling is almost completely devoid of any fruit characteristics (I really miss this intense and deep plum/prune note this used to have) and has way less proper cinnamon aromas than it's predecessor, and this rich and deep oak note this used to have, has turned into some kind of plankish dusty note.
    Don't get me wrong, it's still a good bourbon, but the phrase 'It's not what it used to be' very much fits here as well.
    • Nose
      quite plankish at first, cardboard, back of an old cupboard, dark oak notes, very dark toffee, some molasses, some treacle, very old cinnamon powder that has very much lost it's mojo, cocoa powder, dried coconut grates, overall really woody and dry, but kind of bold
    • Taste
      dry and oaky arrival, at first spices develop, sour dough, a hint of prune, a little cinnamon, coconut grates, all the flavours revolve around a plankish/cardboardy oakiness, the balance's there, it has a good body with depth, but something's amiss.
    • Finish
      coconut shavings in cocoa, a little cinnamon, a cardboardy/plankish oak note, medium to long.

  2. karloff scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    A am a single malt man but i do like a bourbon now and again and this is one of the best
    • Nose
      A strong woody nose to it, something like an old oak
    • Taste
      To go with that wood you can find caramel and vanilla
    • Finish
      A dry medium finish, very satisfying

  3. Martin1965 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sweet, vanilla, spices, oak
    • Taste
      Spices, clove, oak
    • Finish
      Long, sweet and spicy

      Good bourbon absolutely to be recommended

  4. dandan798 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
      sweet, glue, honey, vanilla, wood, spice, pepper, cinnamon, berries, apple, fragrant, oranges, liquorice,
    • Taste
      84 84
      sweet, honey, vanilla, spice, green apple, cinnamon, clove, wood, citrus, grapes, berries, cream, oily, red currant, lemon, leather
    • Finish
      86 86
      cinnamon, vanilla, honey, oak, cream, grapes, strawberries, custard, caramel, toffee, leather, chocolate, lemon

  5. Rien scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      78 78

  6. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      76 76

  7. Wolv scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      77 77

  8. Helgo scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    One of the better and more balanced Bourbons with complexity and age of 12 years. Very good PLV and optimal drinking strength.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  9. vojt466 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Especially in the aroma of good - barrel influence is known, very rounded, a lot of vanilla, caramel, wood, dried fruit, spiciness and surprisingly the scent of the stable. The taste adds a little disturbing element of bourbon citrus acid, which fortunately does not overwhelm everything else, but it still impresses slightly. In the mid-long reverberation, fortunately, besides this citrus flavor, there is a bit of rye spiciness that improves the resulting impression. Personally, I would be happy in the final as a not too big fan of bourbon. Unfortunately, at the moment, the question of how long it will be done is no longer produced.

  10. Doctor B. scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      80 80

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