The Elijah Craig 12 has got to be one of the more "bourbony" bourbons around. It's loaded with all the flavors which make bourbon good.
Color: Deep amber
Nose: Brown sugar, red apples, and a nice whiff of alcohol
Palate: The nose follows through with the flavor. Lots of brown sugar, vanilla, and toffee. Almost syrupy mouthfeel, but not too much so. Behind the immediate bourbon-ness there is some spice -- wood and a little floral.
Finish: Medium-long, caramel, sweet. There's something else at the end; I can't decide if it's a nice woody flavor, or a little bit bitter. For my own sake I'll just decide that it's woody and like it more.
Overall: 7.5 out of 10. Hard to beat for the price ($23-$27).
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