Elijah Craig Small Batch
Elijah Craig is a premium brand of bourbon whiskey produced by the Heaven Hill Distillery company. The company is headquartered in Bardstown, Kentucky, and its distillery (called the Heaven Hill Bernheim distillery) is in Louisville, Kentucky. The brand is sold as a straight bourbon. It is sold in glass 750ml bottles, and the Small Batch bourbon is also available in glass 1.75L bottles.
Elijah Craig whiskey is made in both “Small Batch” and 18-year-old “Single Barrel” bottlings. The Small Batch bottling had been 12-year-old but in 2016 was changed to a composite of 8- and 12-year old to extend the inventory.
Nose: 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.
Palate: Full and sublimely smooth with notes of stewed Bramley apples, malmsey, a touch of aniseed and a hint of spice.
Finish: Good length with toasty oak notes and a creamy sweetness.
What some of our whisky enthusiast friends have said about Elijah Craig Small Batch
Quote 1 “Regular Elijah Craig drinkers will notice it drinks a little hotter than the 12, but this is not a “hot” whiskey experience. The flavors are nicely balanced with honey, caramel, and an oaky-vanilla. It has a very pleasant sweetness to it that sets you up for a very nice slightly spicy finish that lingers on.
My advice is don’t rush the next sip. Simply enjoy the lingering flavors. I wouldn’t describe it as multiple waves, but more of a ‘parking’ experience. It just stops at mid-tongue and sits there.”
Quote 2 “Elijah Craig Small Batch is a very good bourbon, and worthy of your hard-earned cash. Not as good as Elijah Craig 12 Year Old, perhaps, but in the same ballpark. For the long term Elijah Craig 12 consumer, from one devotee to another I say let it go and welcome to a brave new world. If you’ve never tried Elijah Craig, you will find this a very pleasant journey.”