Elijah Craig Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is a new no age statement whisky from Heaven Hill Distillers. It replaces the old Elijah Craig 12 Year Old Bourbon and was first launched in the UK in 2017. Elijah Craig 12 Year Old was a small batch Bourbons, like this one, first released in 1986. With the global surge in consumption of whisk(e)y, Heaven Hills stocks of 12 year old Bourbon have come under increased pressure. Elijah Craig Small Batch Whiskey is now blended from a small batch selection of casks that are 8 to 12 years old, far older than other no age statement Bourbons. It remains a superb, quality bourbon. There will be age statement Elijah Craig whiskies released in limited quantities as their stocks of aged whiskey build up again.
Founded shortly after the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, Heaven Hill became the largest independent, family-owned producer and marketer of distilled spirits in the United States. Heaven Hill’s success is due to a mix of good business acumen, continuity, heritage and uncompromising craftsmanship. The company is still owned by descendants of the founding Shapira brothers and five generations of the famous Beam family have overseen the distillation. Located in Bardstown, Kentucky, Heaven Hill is the world’s second largest holder of bourbon whiskey with over 675,000 charred white oak barrels ageing in 42 open-rick warehouses. Double-distillation takes place at the modern Bernheim facility where Craig and Parker Beam produce rye and wheat influenced bourbons as well as straight rye, corn and wheat whiskies. All the whiskies are made using the a 7th generation family yeast strain, which they’ve been using since 1935. By law, Bourbon must be made up of at least 51% corn and be aged a minimum of two years in a new charred white oak barrel, standards that were pioneered by early Bourbon makers such as Evan Williams and Rev. Elijah Craig.
Elijah Craig Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is bottled from a selection of barrels drawn from the middle to upper floors of the Heaven Hill’s traditional metal clad rickhouses. Bottled at 94 Proof / 47% Abv.
One of the original small batch Bourbons.