Overall rating
82.45/100
votes
234
Whiskybase ID
WB17936
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 1:55 pm
Uncolored

Average value

€ 79.00

20 × in wishlist

234 × member ratings

648 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Elijah Craig 12-year-old

33 users have left 35 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 82.45 points.

  1. Chesterfield scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A very intense bourbon
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  2. El Bastardo did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    I can imagine that the finish in particular shares the tastes. Those who like it especially like it and those who don't like it, it finally pissed off here. Thumbs up from me.
    • Nose
      60 60
      Strong like oak and vanilla. A little later sweet tones appear, but somehow not fruity at all. Doesn't smell like 47% at all.
    • Taste
      60 60
      Doesn't taste like 47% either. It is quite spicy, but in terms of alcoholic strength I would almost classify it as "mild". In addition, lots of oak and little else. But all of this is very voluminous and a bit sweet. Pure bourbon!
    • Finish
      60 60
      It remains a pleasant woody, but not bitter, tone that coats the tongue and the entire mouth. All of that plus nice notes of vanilla.

  3. davidloosli scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Orange liqueur, vanilla, tea leafs, delicious caramel, maple sirup, spearmint bubblegum, Medjool dates
    • Taste
      mouth coating, caramel sirup, a nice tingling from the spicyness, caramelised ananas, light bitterness (burned sugar), a little cacao powder
    • Finish
      A hint of coffee notes, woody flavours, caramel and vanilla sirup

  4. dandyman scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Ever since the change of labels from the complete elliptic one to this, 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. The rich, deep and dark oak note this used to have, has turned into some kind of plankish dusty note.
    Don't get me wrong, it's still an alright 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Rien scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

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

  9. Wolv scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

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

  10. 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

  11. 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.

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

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

  13. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Great independent Bourbon with neat wood influence for a cheap 30 €, is one of my favorite and lets guess what is still possible at a higher age.
    • Nose
      brown sugar, caramel, cinnamon, dark chocolate, dry sawdust, light mint
    • Taste
      Strong, full-bodied, little sweetness, rather bitter-tart, burned-on sugar, roasted almonds, leather, tobacco, cloves, pepper
    • Finish
      long, dark chocolate, burnt, pepper, tobacco

  14. karloff scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  15. zinaf scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Not my bourbon as it is overly sweet
    • Nose
      Very, very sweet. candied fruits all over, vanilla, toffee, coconut, then comes the oakness but it is layered behind and does not overpower. 
      scented pipe tobacco
    • Taste
      Sweet then very spicy, herbal. Some herbal liqueur based on gin. Sugar cane sweetness.
    • Finish
      Medium to short. sweet and some cinnamon buns.

  16. Archer scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      79 79

  17. mds51 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    For the price (about 30 €), next to Four Roses Single Barrel, with the best choice for a Bourbon in the lower price segment. Good daily dram.
    • Nose
      Vanilla, tannins, a touch of wood, light notes of glue, wildflowers, caramel, coconut, freshly squeezed orange juice.
    • Taste
      Sweet. slightly spicy, slightly oaky, some cinnamon, vanilla, orange peel, some bitterness, nuts.
    • Finish
      Medium long, with some oak and sweetness. In the finish a bit of bitterness.

  18. Kostya scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    true bourbon, probably best you
    can get for the money , very rich and intense. Doesn’t take much water, if any…
    • Nose
      (neat) fruit
      basket, rich, intense arrival, you can feel the age without excessive oak
      (water) acacia
      honey, vanilla, ripe banana, some oak on the background (where are those
      fruits?)
    • Taste
      (neat) very well integrated, rounded, red
      apple, cinnamon, sucrose, wood spices, fully developing mouthfeel, damp
      brushwood (forest-in-November sensation)                                  
      (water) oak
      in the front, dry , jasmine tea, sucrose again
    • Finish
      medium,
      sweet and spicy, ginger

  19. Gloin scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    A delicious Bourbon with a slight artificial Spritnote on the palate and the finish, nevertheless good drinkable.
    • Nose
      Vanilla and sawdust, sweet with only a slight touch of glue in the background, something floral is also there
    • Taste
      A very light mouthfeel, then it is sweet, with a slight bitterness, oak, almonds, cake dough, nuts and vanilla, unfortunately also with a light sprit, but without alcohol, pencil
    • Finish
      Oak and almond again, bittersweet, somewhat artificial, long

  20. florian1985 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  21. Laugenbretzel scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      74 74
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      74 74

  22. [2stoned] aKu scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Very powerful Bourbon in which the bourbon-typical notorious adhesive note hardly comes out. The oranges, the caramel and especially the bitter oak is always present, you have to like it, I like it. A great PLV and for my 21 ¬ I got a good whiskey.
    • Nose
      strong sweetness of toffee, very light adhesive note, dark caramel just before burning, clearly coconut, some orange oil, vanilla liqueur, Over time, the orange oil becomes orange zest, the caramel lighter and the vanilla more pronounced. A little red glazed apple is added
    • Taste
      sweet, soft, slightly oily, powerful notes of orange and coconut, a little bit of glue, the spicy oak comes out clearly
    • Finish
      really sweet and then becomes bitter, oak, English orange marmalade with dark caramel, stays quite long

  23. Buckeyechemie scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    Nose: Caramel, bubble gum, oak, raisin, vanilla ice cream, rye

    Taste: Spice, oil, apple, malt, caramel, leather, bubble gum, pepper, oak

    A Collection must. Best bourbon nose with an oily & thick body
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      88 88

  24. LukeFive scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Good bourbon for money ( I got it for 26£ )
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  25. Abydoss scored this whisky 76 points Member Senior

    Interesting, first bourbon outside the supermarket class. Better than I expected. Will not be my darling and Bourbon will continue to live a shadowy existence with me. But now and then that's nice, just something different.
    • Nose
      Intensive and superficially first only solvent / adhesive. Not unpleasant, but not exactly a dream.

      But once you get used to it: intense vanilla and hints of honey sweetness make the bourbon sweet and soft.

      For this purpose, one notices him then the 12 years in fresh barrels, a mild oak comes through. After the first sip, the oak becomes a little clearer, probably due to the fact that now the solvent redness is almost completely gone. Every now and then a fine coconut note appears.

      Interesting: From time to time I have the impression that the solvents in the white balsamic vinegar, a mild sour tingling in the nose. After dilution then the hammer: honey, vanilla, caramel, raisins, a fascinatingly sweet potpourri. In addition, subtle oak, mild and gentle. Still very slight traces of solvents.
    • Taste
      An intense on the tongue, tingling at the tip of the tongue.

      Wood. Ever chewed on a pencil at school? I remember the wood notes. But this is pleasantly mixed with the coconut from the nose, which is here much more intense and vorgruendiger.

      In addition a spicy trace rye. Surprisingly, hardly sweet, except for the coconut.

      With the Verduennung does not change much here. Even in the taste barely sweet.
    • Finish
      Spicy, again the coconut. However, not the longest, rather disappointingly short. Immediately after swallowing, a little solvent rises again.

  26. mister glenfarclas scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      74 74
    • Finish
      77 77

  27. Ivynor scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    It is not undrinkable. It's easy, sweet, approachable, but with the feeling of tampering. The 47% are well integrated.
    • Nose
      Ah! The magic of bourbon! I love the solvent, the nail polish! After aeration, we find wood and vanilla. Classic.
    • Taste
      It's very caramel. That's not possible, they paired up with Jura? A little varnish, some wood, a touch of bitterness.
    • Finish
      Caramel, wood, vanilla.

  28. granella2003 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      78 78

  29. granella2003 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Perfume-like aromas of bourbon, rye, vanilla, cloves and sweet honey
       
    • Taste
      A deep and rich flavor with a sweet edge. Malt, fruit
    • Finish
      An earthy aftertaste with notes of licorice, molasses, vanilla and smoke

  30. Furtia scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      73 73
    • Finish
      78 78

  31. Willie JJ scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Very drinkable, but it feels as
    if the wood has got on top of this a bit. The intensity of spice at the
    end makes it slightly daunting as a session dram.
     
    • Nose
      Sharp citrus, mealy, toffee, corn, linseed, dates.
    • Taste
      Dates, raisins, bitter citrus, hard oak, like pencils.
    • Finish
      More spicy wood. Massive spiciness. The intensity rises for ages.

  32. mmaclean scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    This is a wonderful start to trying Kentucky Bourbon. I have tried this

    and find it to be light, refreshing and nice on the finish. It is a

    starter to some of the big boys in the 12 yr range.

  33. hsmithjr scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Not bad, but I would prefer another bourbon.
    • Nose
      Sweet and full of vanilla.   Very bourbony.  Soft spices and fruits.
    • Taste
      Fruitier than expected.  Also, more rye than expected.  Vanilla and cinnamon.  Spicy.
    • Finish
      Molasses and more vanilla.  Anise seed.  Dirt.

  34. QuarterCentury scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    "About as complete a bourbon aroma as you are likely to find...one of

    the most beautiful noses found anywhere in the world today. A bourbon to

    keep in the mouth forever." Jim Murray

  35. 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

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