Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Elijah Craig 12: Whisk(e)y Wednesday presented by Calandro's Supermarket

Elijah Craig 12 Bourbon
This is a bourbon worth having in the collection. The newest addition to the Whisk(e)y Wednesday leaderboard on the right side of the screen, the Elijah Craig 12 has impressed the judges. No, it didn't quite break 80, but please remember how difficult it is to score that high on our scale. We don't just hand out scores in the 90s here. We make whisk(e)ys earn it, and few do. A 78 is actually quite a good score, and Elijah Craig ought to be proud of that. On the nose I smelled all the elements of a Snickers ice cream bar. Vanilla, chocolate, nuttiness, caramel... it was all there. On the tongue the whiskey presented a little spice around the edges with a thin amount of oaky char in the middle. The whiskey went back like a breeze on the beach, fleeting, with a lingering kick. I found the whiskey to have a great balance of sweetness, spiciness, and smoothness that is difficult to achieve. While not super complex, the balance absolutely worked for the Elijah Craig 12. As I said, if you are looking for a solid workhorse bourbon to add to your collection, you won't be upset with this bottle.

Elijah Craig 12 Yr Bourbon

Average Score 78

Whisk(e)y Wednesday is a blog post series on Bite and Booze sponsored by Calandro's Supermarket. Calandro's has one of Baton Rouge's best selections of bourbon, Scotch, Irish, and other whisk(e)ys as well as wine and craft beer. This WW feature was scored by Jay DucoteEric Ducote, and Jeremy Spikes. Scores are marked for Nose, Taste, Finish, and Balance and Complexity using our own proprietary scoring system. Marks are then added and averaged, leaving us with a final score out of a 100 point scale. Our scale should be looked at on the full range of 0-100 rather than an academic range where 70 is passing and anything less is failing. A 50 should be considered a very mediocre whisk(e)y while anything below 20 is absolute horse piss and anything above 90 is rather extraordinary.

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