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Elijah Craig

Elijah Craig
Kentucky Straight Rye Whisky

Category: Straight Rye Whiskey

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 47%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$29

Elijah Craig
Kentucky Straight Rye Whisky

Category: Straight Rye Whiskey

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 47%
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of ripe red cherries with vanilla whipped cream, honeycomb and pecan pie, toffee and mocha, and roasted cereal with a satiny, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, huge, very long finish with overtones of shortbread with a bit of pepper, very dark chocolate with hints of brandied cherry, baklava and dates, and banana and orange. A classic example of a properly aged Rye Whiskey; everything you expect from the category.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: ripe red cherries with vanilla whipped cream, honeycomb and pecan pie, toffee and mocha, and roasted cereal
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with overtones of shortbread with a bit of pepper, very dark chocolate with hints of brandied cherry, baklava and dates, and banana and orange
Smoothness Smoothness: Warming
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails, neat, on the rocks, with cigars and with drops of water
Cocktail Cocktails: Sazerac, Old Fashioned, Manhattan
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A classic example of a properly aged Rye Whiskey; everything you expect from the category.

The Producer or Importer

Heaven Hill Brands

The Producer or  Importer
4500 Bowling Boulevard
Ste 300
Louisville, KY 40207
USA
1 502-348-3921

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Straight Rye Whiskey

Spirits Glass Glencairn Canadian Amber.jpg
Serve in a Glencairn Ganadian Whisky Glass
In order for a product to be categorized as a Straight Rye Whiskey, the following must be true:

Mash bill must be made up of a minimum of 51% rye.
Aged a minimum of two years.
May not contain any flavors or colors.
All of the liquid in the bottle must be distilled in the same state.