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Distilled Spirits: Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon 12 Year Old

Elijah Craig is a 12-year-old super-premium bourbon whiskey produced by the Heaven Hill Distillery company. The company is headquartered in Bardstown, Kentucky, and its distillery is in Louisville, Kentucky. The brand is sold as a straight bourbon. It is sold in glass 750ml bottles.

Elijah Craig was named for a reverend who lived in Virginia. He kept a warehouse where he stored barrels and one day experienced a devastating fire. He used the charred casks regardless and found they imparted a lovely character. This is a great 12 year old small batch bourbon, named in his honour. I would like to thank Kevin Fady for turning the SGDG staff on to this excellent distilled spirit, we went out bar hopping, ordered round after round of this 12 year blend and feel in love – it was an excellent #drinkgood situation.

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The nose is quite thick and full. There is a beautiful sweetness with notes of toasty oak, toffee, spicy stewed fruits, a touch of resin and a lovely crème anglaise character. The palate is full and sublimely smooth with notes if stewed Bramley apples, malmsey, a touch of aniseed and a hint of spice. The finish is of good length with toasty oak notes and a creamy sweetness.

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Heaven Hill Distillery

Shortly after Prohibition ended in the United States, Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc., was founded in Bardstown, Kentucky by the Shapira family to produce and market Bourbon and premium American whiskeys. At the time, it was as speculative a new business venture as the dot com start-ups of the 1990’s — a company founded with no brands, no available stocks of whiskey, and at the height of the Great Depression. Today, the company is the largest independent, family-owned and operated producer and marketer of distilled spirits in the country. According to industry analysts, Heaven Hill is now the seventh largest spirits supplier in the United States and second largest holder of aging Bourbon whiskey in the world with an inventory in excess of 900,000 barrels.

Over the last two decades Heaven Hill has moved beyond its traditional focus on American whiskeys to become a broadly diversified spirits supplier. Heaven Hill’s portfolio includes both domestically produced products, such as Evan Williams Bourbon and Christian Brothers Brandy, as well as a growing line of selected imported brands from around the world, such as HPNOTIQ Liqueur and O’Mara’s Irish Country Cream.

Website: http://heavenhill.com/

Awards

“Double Gold Medal”, San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Two-time “Best of the Best” Bourbon, Whisky Magazine.

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