Elijah Craig Small Batch is a product from the Heaven Hill distillery and is considered a Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (meaning this product has been aged at LEAST for two years). The story told is that Elijah Craig was the first person to begin charring the inside of the barrels used for whiskey. Thus giving whiskey it’s color and characteristics. This has not been proven but that does not stop Heaven Hill from adding “Father of Bourbon” and “1789” to the Elijah Craig bottle.
Elijah Craig Small batch is distilled by Heaven Hill and is bottled at 94 proof, or 47% alc/vol. This non-age stated bourbon is made up of 78% corn, 12% malted barley, and 10% rye. The suggested retail price for Elijah Craig Small Batch is $26.
On the nose, I get sweetness, honey, caramel, vanilla, and cinnamon. The nose reminds me of a fancy, vanilla-scented spray or air freshener.
There is a gentle transition from the nose to the palate. Those same notes carry over with the cinnamon spice and oak notes turned up a notch.
The finish is shorter with those cinnamon and oak notes lingering
When I think of a quintessential bourbon, this would go in that category. As an experienced bourbon drinker, I wouldn’t mind this in my glass at all. At the same point, if someone were just getting into bourbon and wanted to know where to start, this would also be on that list. For the under $30 category, there aren’t many that can compete with this, in my opinion.