Elijah Craig Bourbon is named after the Baptist minister, called by many ‘the creator of bourbon’.
Elijah left Virginia to avoid prosecution from officials of the Church of England and settled in Lebanon (later Georgetown), Kentucky, where he preached, owned a paper mill and distilled whiskey. Giving Elijah Craig full credit for bourbon creation is certainly a stretch since he had never operated outside of Georgetown and that town was never part of Bourbon County. Elijah Craig bourbon is produced by Heaven Hill Distillery from mash composed of 75% corn, 13% rye and 12% malted barley. The barrel proof edition was introduced in the fall of 2013 and is being released four times a year ever since. Batch B 517 bottled at 62.1% abv was released in May 2017.
Nose: vanilla, crème brûlée, peanut butter, milk chocolate, honey, roasted nuts, bananas, cinnamon, fresh herbs (mainly mint) and charred oak.
Palate: sweet and spicy, honey, cocoa powder, vanilla, caramel, gingerbread, tobacco, prunes, black cherries, cinnamon and oak.
Finish: medium long, with notes of dark fruit, caramel, cinnamon, pepper, tobacco and oak.