The Craigs arrived to Kentucky in the late 18th Century to avoid religious prosecution.
Reverend Elijah was a Baptist minister in Lebanon, KY and also a co-owner of the first paper mill in Kentucky and according to documents the still was soon installed on the site of the mill. However Elijah is credited to be the first distiller to age his whiskey in charred oak barrels there is no proof of that. What is certain is that in 1795 he was found guilty, along with 170 other men, of making whiskey without license. Elijah Craig bourbon, launched 1986 by Heaven Hill Distillery, was the first small batch bourbon before even such term was established. It was 12 years old bourbon distilled from mash composed of 75% corn, 13% rye and 12% malted barley. The company dropped the age destination in 2016.
Nose: rich, vanilla, crème brûlée, toffee, honey, prunes, dried apricots, hazelnuts, dash of pepper and mint and notes of charred oak.
Palate: vanilla, caramel, honey, popcorn, cocoa powder, cinnamon, pepper, bitter orange marmalade, prunes, roasted almonds and oak.
Finish: long, with notes of vanilla, caramel, dried fruit, dark chocolate, pepper, almonds oak and hints of tobacco.